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Written by Maury Brown   
Monday, 16 April 2012 09:09

As I start today on Baseball Prospectus:

Before Howard Lincoln, Chuck Armstrong, and fans from the Pacific Northwest begin calling, the Seattle Mariners are not for sale. I’m not saying they are. I haven’t even heard a mere rumor to indicate as much. So if the Mariners do issue some kind of statement saying they are “unequivocally, absolutely not on the market” and that “Maury Brown is engaging in the worst kind of journalism,” everyone can point to the 90 words in the first paragraph of this article where I made sure to say they aren’t.

But, as I outline, there are a host of reasons why they could be:

  • Owners are in financial distress
  • Majority owner is in mid-80s
  • Largest minority owner going through a divorce
  • The club is ostensibly debt-free
  • Player payroll is set to be manageable
  • Television deal is up for renewal
  • Recent television deals have skyrocketed
  • Club sales have been well above projected value
  • Dodgers sale has redefined club value

Other things to consider:

  • Safeco Field is a gem of a ballpark
  • Beyond the Seattle Seahawks, the Mariners currently have no other competition for sponsorship dollars
  • Attendance in 2011 was below 2 million for the first time since the Mariners moved into Safeco Field
  • In 2001, the second full year in Safeco Field and a season in which the team won a record 116 games, the Mariners led the league in attendance with 3,507,507

To get all the details read: Bizball: Why the Seattle Mariners Could Be Sold

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