Jeter brings in Jor­dan to group try­ing to buy

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By The As­so­ci­ated Press

With the bidding on the Mi­ami Mar­lins still tak­ing place, for­mer New York Yan­kees star Derek Jeter has brought Michael Jor­dan onto his team.

It’s un­known how much money Jor­dan, whose Nike brand en­dorsed Jeter dur­ing his play­ing ca­reer, will put to­ward the ef­fort.

“He has been a sup­porter of Derek’s bid to be an MLB owner since the be­gin­ning,” Jor­dan’s busi­ness man­ager, Es­tee Port­noy, told ESPN.

Baseball com­mis­sioner Rob Man­fred said Tues­day that three groups were still bidding for the fran­chise, de­spite re­ports to the con­trary.

The New York Post re­ported Mon­day that Jeter’s group, backed by money man­ager Bruce Sher­man, was clos­ing in on a $1.2 bil­lion deal. Forbes re­ported that Mi­ami busi­ness ti­tan Jorge Mas was the pro­hib­i­tive fa­vorite. The third group in­cludes for­mer Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Tagg Romney and fund man­ager Wayne Roth­baum.

“I think in fairly short or­der (Mar­lins owner Jef­frey) Lo­ria will have the lux­ury of pick­ing from one of these groups,” Man­fred told ESPN. “It’s a good thing in terms of the over­all fi­nan­cial health of the sport that we have this level of in­ter­est at this price level.”

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