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Written by Maury Brown   
Friday, 30 July 2010 14:19


In an attempt to prevent an auction for the Texas Rangers occurring, the group led by Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan offered up, what William Snyder, the CRO in Chapter 11 bankruptcy case called "substantially enhanced" by stripping out all side deals. Those side deals, including a $70 million land sale that would benefit current owner Tom Hicks, would have increased the cash amount to approx. $349 million, about $40 million higher than the previous Greenberg-Ryan offer on the table. That deal was contingent on the an auction for the sale on Aug. 4 being called off.

Later in the hearing, with lawyers for Mark Cuban and Jim Crane in attendance, the judge rejected the plan, and with it, the auction is still a go for Aug. 4. In-between a hearing is set for Monday, Aug. 2. That hearing, which had to the capacity to be a confirmation hearing for the "prepackaged plan" presented by the Greenberg-Ryan group, will now likely be a shifted to a status conference.

Clifton Jessup, the lawyer representing Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, said “We have money,” Jessup said referring to Cuban being competitive at auction which requires starting above the current Greenberg-Ryan bid as a "stalking horse". Jessup added that approving the plan without an auction “is not fair and is not reasonable and smacks of collusion.”



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