Recapping the Rangers' Week That Was (in Court), and Reviewing the Lengthy Legal Docs
|Was this press conference just one week ago today? My, how time flies.|
Kaplan, like the U.S. Trustee before him, summarizes nicely for those in need of a week-that-was before beginning your week-that-is. He also outlines the long-term ramifications:
The league is viewed in some circles as helping to throw the team into bankruptcy in an effort to prevent creditors from foreclosing. Financial sources, who declined to be identified because of their ties either to baseball or to this deal, said that lending would become more difficult, if not at least more costly.
The parties will return to court in two weeks to offer more evidence, with Lynn at that point expected to either open the process to other bidders or allow the sale to Greenberg and Ryan to continue. If it is the latter, Greenberg and Ryan could own the team free and clear by mid-July.On the other side I've included that very decision, posted to PACER on Saturday. It's 84 pages and perfect for Your Memorial Day poolside reading (or barbecue-lighting needs), because it includes, among myriad other details, a look at how the so-called debtor-in-possession order works; a breakdown of the team's budget; and a glossary of terms that'll be bandied about in coming weeks. Debtor in Possession Financing Docs
The prospect of a non-judicial settlement appeared highly unlikely last week. When the creditors objected to MLB lending the team money, suggesting it was the league's way of controlling the team, a bidding war broke out between the league and the creditors. Lynn constantly had to intercede, and it took the better part of two days for him to choose MLB as the lender -- and that was just to see who would lend the team more money.