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The LA Angels come in for a shakeup immediately after owner Arte Moreno announced the other day he will explore selling the team.
In accordance with Jon Heyman of the NY Post, the team is drawing interest from multiple potential suitors, including an organization that isn’t a long way away.
“A Golden State Warriors groupplus groups from Hollywood, Orange County and Japan (Shohei Ohtani connection!)are showing fascination with the Angels,” Heyman wrote.
Heyman added that the sale of the Angels is “likely to fetch $2 billion-plus” despite the fact that the marketplace is somewhat crowded with the Washington Nationals also on the market.
After Moreno’s announcement that he’d pursue selling the franchise, Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times named Warriors governor Joe Lacob being an “intriguing candidate” to get the team. This is not Lacob’s first-time being associated with pursuing an MLB franchise, as Shaikin noted he “has investigated purchasing the Angels, [Los Angeles] Dodgers and Oakland Athletics at various times in the past 2 decades.”
Shaikin asked Lacob directly if he intends to follow the Angels and he responded within an email, “Cant answer this question that fast. We look at good opportunities.”
Lacob purchased the Warriors in 2010. Under his leadership, the team progressed into an effective franchise. Golden State won its fourth NBA championship in eight years earlier this season.
The 66-year-old includes a personal link with the Angels franchise, telling the SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA Chronicle in July, “I became an Angels fan and worked at Anaheim Stadium for seven years as a peanut vendor.”
Shaikin noted that Lacob faces some competition from LA Rams governor Stan Kroenke. He apparently won’t need to contend with another NBA executive, as Shaikin reported that Steve Ballmer of the LA Clippers and Mark Cuban of the Dallas Mavericks are both bored with pursuing the Angels.