Jeffrey Loria, owner of the Miami Marlins, has just announced that he’ll be selling the franchise to Mickey Arison. Arison also owns the Miami Heat and Carnival Cruise line. The news is welcomed in the city of Miami, as Loria was highly criticized for his offseason moves with the Marlins. He continues to state that he had the best intentions for the organization, even if they weren’t perceived that way.
The agreement between Loria and Arison was set at $680 million, which is $100 million more than it was valued. The new owner seems like a bright beacon in an organization that has long been in the cellar of the NL East. Arison recently told reporters, “owning a Major League Baseball franchise is a dream of mine. This team is going to be one of the best in baseball, and the Marlins and the Heat will make South Beach the sports capital of the world for decades to come.” [Marlin Maniac]
If everything is approved, Arison should take over by the end of April.
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