Maury Brown said this morning that Jim Crane might not come up for a vote until November:
Yes, the league can hold the vote via conference call, but they have more pressing matters to deal with right now.
Those close to baseball say that the Dodgers bankruptcy, the Mets legal battles surrounding the Madoff ponzi scheme, and the labor negotiations around the new CBA are pushing the Astros sale into the backseat as resources are spread thin.
But, back to Crane, everyone close to the matter agrees that Crane’s background continues to be the wild card in getting the deal done. Rogers’ idea of Kenny Friedman may be a reach, but the idea that some other individual that would become the managing partner is something worth considering as the process continues to drag on.
At this point, it doesn't really matter when it happens - but Drayton should probably already be coming up with Plans B & C.