- The Washington Times - Friday, September 16, 2005


Major League Baseball officials repeated their desire to have an owner for the Washington Nationals selected before the baseball playoffs begin Oct. 4, according to a report in USA Today.

Bob DuPuy, MLB president and chief operating officer, told the newspaper that while baseball wants an owner named before the postseason begins, the ongoing lease negotiations between the District and MLB could delay that selection.

“We want to deliver a signed lease on the new stadium to the bidding groups,” DuPuy told USA Today.

DuPuy also said commissioner Bud Selig “plans to talk to people involved with various groups he does not know. After that, we should be in a better position to make a recommendation.”

Mark Tuohey, chairman of the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission, said last week baseball wants the lease completed before they announce the new owners.

“We’re working as quickly as we can,” Tuohey said. He said they hope to have an agreement by the end of the month.

Eight groups are bidding for the former Montreal Expos franchise, which baseball’s other 29 clubs bought in 2002 for $120 million. The price for the Nationals is expected to reach $450 million.

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