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Away From Home

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

GOP threatens baseball

More lunacy, courtesy of the Washington Post:

Major League Baseball hasn't narrowed the list of the eight bidders seeking to buy the Washington Nationals and some Republicans on Capitol Hill already are hinting at revoking the league's antitrust exemption if billionaire financier George Soros , an ardent critic of President Bush and supporter of liberal causes, buys the team.

"It's not necessarily smart business sense to have anybody who is so polarizing in the political world," Rep. John E. Sweeney (R-N.Y.) said. "That goes for anybody, but especially as it relates to Major League Baseball because it's one of the few businesses that get incredibly special treatment from Congress and the federal government."

Rep. Tom M. Davis III (R-Va.), who was a strong supporter of bringing a baseball team to Virginia, told Roll Call yesterday that "Major League Baseball understands the stakes" if Soros buys the team. "I don't think they want to get involved in a political fight."

Democrats weren't about to let the broadsides go unanswered.

"Why should politics have anything to do with who owns the team," Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) asked. "So Congress is going to get involved in every baseball ownership decision? Are they next going to worry about a manager they don't like? I've never seen anything as impotent as a congressman threatening the baseball exemption. It gets threatened half a dozen times a year, and our batting average threatening the exemption is zero."

Are you kidding me? Dragging politics into this? The government doesn't even own the team!

I guess this just shows that Republicans will politicize anything, especially in this town.

Somebody please debate this with me. I really have no idea how anyone could possibly think this is a reasonable position to take. Enlighten me.


  • Enlighten me, too, please.

    By Blogger Mela, at 6/28/2005 09:35:00 AM  

  • Ok, watch closely, I'm only going to do this once.

    *Puts on Republican Mask*

    Republicans do not like George Soros, and Soros doesn't like them. Odds are he will use his ownership of the team to heckle/cause trouble/work against the Republicans ans we just can't allow that to happen.

    Oh, and the media is liberal, liberal, liberal! Terri Schiavo was murdered! Iraq is a success! Iraq is a suc....

    *Rips off Republican mask, breathes with difficulty*

    Please, don't ever make me do that again.

    By Blogger Logan C. Adams, at 6/28/2005 11:28:00 AM  

  • My question is... if they think it's so important that owners of baseball teams be politically neutral.... shouldn't media empires fit the same criteria?!?

    By Blogger Jay Denari, at 6/28/2005 03:08:00 PM  

  • They don't care about neutrality. They care about opposition.

    By Blogger Logan C. Adams, at 6/28/2005 07:33:00 PM  

  • What do they think is gonna happen? Do they think Soros will have the groundskeepers cut "Bush Sucks" into the outfield grass?

    The whole thing is lunacy, and an appalling attempted abuse of power. Just think -- these fruitcakes actually think they have the right to determine which private party can buy something from another private party.

    The only government entity that can do that is the FTC, and even then their power is strictly limited.

    By Blogger Scott, at 6/28/2005 07:39:00 PM  

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