- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 3, 2006

[2:55 p.m.]

Nineteen months after announcing baseball would relocate to the District, baseball commissioner Bud Selig today will name the Washington Nationals’ owner.

Selig will make the selection of the investment group led by the family of local real estate developer Ted Lerner official on a conference call today at 4:45 p.m. A press conference with the Lerner group will follow at a downtown location.

The Lerner group was chosen over a team led by local businessmen Fred Malek and Jeffrey Zients, as well as a group of local investors led by Indianapolis communications executive Jeff Smulyan.

The announcement will end months of rumor and speculation about the future of the Nationals, and a four-year saga that began when Major League Baseball purchased the franchise, then known as the Montreal Expos, in 2002.

Former Atlanta Braves president Stan Kasten is also a member of the Lerner group, and is expected to serve as president of the Nationals.

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