Tuesday, March 29, 2005

A Thug In A $10,000 Suit Is Still A Thug

I'm not quite there yet, but I'm getting pretty close to invoking Godwin's Law when it comes to our slimeball lawyer friend to the north, Peter "C. Montgomery" Angelos.

In fact, given the news today that there's a chance that the opening game won't be on TV, I think we definitely need to ramp up our villainizing rhetoric! Well, Mr. Angelos, your Waterloo is coming! (Wait, that's probably not harsh enough.) Mr. Angelos, your ummm. Well, I got nuttin'. You're an evil man.*

Sadly, there aren't any new developments. We're essentially stuck in neutral. He says he owns us. We say he doesn't. On and on it goes. Angelos is using whatever leverage he has to maximum effect, but it doesn't appear likely to get him anywhere, because I can't see MLB budging on the territorial ownership issue.

It's been reported that many other owners are getting fed up with the protracted pace of these negotiations. Of course, they're not disinterested parties, because every dollar that drains into Angelos's wallet will come from the sale price of the team, and ultimately their wallets as well. If they're able to put some internal pressure on Bud Selig, maybe he'll grow the spine he left in Milwaukee 40 years ago and use some advice he learned from that modern-day sage, Doug LLewellyn, "Don't take the law into your own hands; you take them to court."

If the pressure from his brethren and the Commisar isn't enough, he's got the Voice of God in the guise of the editorial page weighing in against him; he's in trouble! Even one of His apostles chips in!

And, as always, the Voice of God is the voice of reason.
Mr. Angelos has threatened to sue unless he gets his way. Evidently hoping to avoid the drawn-out, bare-knuckled litigation for which he is notorious, baseball officials have kept negotiations alive. But the talks have gone on for six months, and time's up. The season starts next week, and Washington's baseball-starved fans want to tune in. Lawyers say Mr. Angelos's legal position is weak. It's time for Major League Baseball to fix a sensible broadcasting deal for the Nationals -- whether or not Mr. Angelos will play ball.

It's time to play ball indeed!
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*attn: Angelos's pitbull libel attorneys...
The above is umm... satire? Yeah, that's it! Satire!

3 Comments:

  • Don't sweat it; a libelous statement is one that has no basis in fact. ;-)

    By Blogger Basil, at 3/29/2005 10:49 AM  

  • Well, his case of owning the Washington DC market has no basis in fact either. And that's not stopping him!

    I'm just a poor little sap! I can't afford a high-priced defense attorney!

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 3/29/2005 10:50 AM  

  • If we get sued, we become folk heroes.

    By Blogger WFY, at 3/29/2005 12:56 PM  

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