Jor­dan jumps in

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL -

Michael Jor­dan has joined the in­vest­ment group led by Derek Jeter that is try­ing to buy the Mi­ami Mar­lins.

Jor­dan’s spokesman, Es­tee Port­noy, con­firmed Jor­dan’s in­volve­ment Tues­day. The NBA Hall of Famer owns the Char­lotte Hor­nets and is ex­pected to as­sume a mi­nor­ity own­er­ship role if Jeter’s group buys the Mar­lins.

Base­ball Com­mis­sioner Rob Man­fred said Mar­lins owner Jef­frey Lo­ria is soon ex­pected to choose a win­ning bid from among three in­vest­ment groups seek­ing to buy the team, and all have of­fered about the same amount of money.

One in­vest­ment group is led by Jeter, the for­mer New York Yan­kees short­stop and a 14-time All-Star. A sec­ond group in­cludes for­mer Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Mas­sachusetts busi­ness­man Tagg Rom­ney, and the third group is led by South Florida busi­ness­man Jorge Mas.

Ar­mando Chris­tian Perez, bet­ter known as Mi­ami-based rap­per Pit­bull, has joined the Bush-Rom­ney group. He once served as in-house DJ for the Mar­lins be­fore he made it big.

Lo­ria on Tues­day de­clined to say when he ex­pects to sell the team.


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