Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE -

Bush group halts bid

A group led by for­mer Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Quogue Cap­i­tal in­vest­ment fund founder Wayne Roth­baum has halted its bid to buy the Mi­ami Mar­lins, a per­son fa­mil­iar with the ne­go­ti­a­tions said Wed­nes­day. The per­son con­firmed the de­ci­sion to The As­so­ci­ated Press on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause the groups that have been in­volved in ne­go­ti­a­tions aren’t com­ment­ing pub­licly. Mas­sachusetts busi­ness­man Tagg Rom­ney was part of the Bush-Roth­baum group be­fore pulling out more than a month ago, the per­son said. The lat­est twists in the Mar­lins sale saga leave groups led by for­mer New York Yan­kees short­stop Derek Jeter and by South Florida busi­ness­man Jorge Mas still in con­tention to buy the fran­chise. Mar­lins Pres­i­dent David Sam­son de­clined to com­ment on the sta­tus of sale ef­forts, which be­came pub­lic in Fe­bru­ary. Ma­jor League Base­ball own­ers meet next week in Chicago, where the Mar­lins sit­u­a­tion may be dis­cussed. At the All-Star Game a month ago in Mi­ami, base­ball Com­mis­sioner Rob Man­fred said the team soon ex­pected to choose a win­ning bid, and each group had of­fered about the same amount of money. Jeter’s group bid about $1.3 bil­lion to buy the team from Jef­frey Lo­ria but has not yet raised the money needed. Lo­ria bought the Mar­lins for $158.5 mil­lion in 2002 from John Henry.

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