Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Maury Brown lights up Houston media, says other MLB owners weren't aware of war profiteering

The Biz of Baseball's Maury Brown just took a flamethrower to the Houston media. (And it was pretty awesome).

With an expanded article on yesterday's Forbes piece, Maury Brown has some bones to pick:

The story on Forbes is mostly interesting for one thing: it’s amazing that myself, and Richard Sandomir of The New York Times are really the only two that have reported on past dealings with Crane’s global-supply chain company and their discrimination and war-profiteering pasts.

Sports sections in the Houston market have been devoid of the report. Whether it’s a matter of just feeling it was not newsworthy or not, it should be noted that Champion Energy, a Crane Capital company, and the Astros are very large Houston Chronicle advertisers.


Also, it's not necessarily the case that, because Crane was in advanced negotiations to buy the Astros, Cubs, and Rangers, MLB knows about these (pretty serious) charges:
I conducted several interviews with executives within Major League Baseball for the Forbes article. The issue of discrimination was known, but aspects such as the war profiteering, were not. That was concerning given Crane’s multiple attempts at ownership prior. The explanation was that deep due-diligence work does not begin until an exclusive arrangement is reached between owner and potential buyer. Part of the reasoning boiled down to clubs having control of vetting potential owners that could reach double-digits, beforehand. The league is really there to only make sure that the deal does not somehow place the club under extended debt duress, or that there is something so incredibly egregious that it would throw red flags with Commissioner Selig and the owners.

5 comments:

Josh Powling said...

like the Chronicle is going to burn its' bridges with Crane before he's even taken over.

Anonymous said...

Maury Brown has a personal agenda. Wouldn't this have come out in many other media outlets if this was intended to be front page news? This screams out Scooby Doo with Maury playing Velma.

AstroBrit said...

Brian McTaggart was asked on twitter by someone if he wanted to comment on this piece.
His curt answer was: no.

Anonymous said...

"Maury Brown has a personal agenda. Wouldn't this have come out in many other media outlets if this was intended to be front page news? This screams out Scooby Doo with Maury playing Velma."

... So it's not news unless some newspaper decides it's news? And if the most logical newspaper buries the story out of laziness or to protect advertising dollars, that's no problem? Give us a break. (Oh, and say hi to Jim Crane for us!)

Anonymous said...

Check out the names Cris Levato former GSP Manager for Eagle USA Air Frieght, indicted for embezzling from a fictional company he and a friend created, the federal indictment is on the internet under Precision Kayak. Check out Mandy Blalock, Raleigh, NC , current Crane Employee involved in three person sexual scandal relationship with one of the owners of Parata, The owner committed suicide, his wife found out, Parata is a current Ceva account, but Mandy still works for crane. Also check out attempted murder indictments against for Eagle USA Air Freight charges against Jim Crane employee Kieth Brown, ATL , Ga terminal and region. EEoc, etc....