Crane still waiting for MLB approval to buy Astros
Thursday, September 8, 2011
HOUSTON (AP) -- Jim Crane is becoming impatient at how long it's taking Major League Baseball to approve his purchase of the Houston Astros.
The Houston businessman told the Houston Chronicle (http://bit.ly/qPvgJI) in his first interview since the news conference to announce the sale that his contract with current Astros owner Drayton McLane has a deadline.
He says in the story posted Thursday night that the $680 million deal with McLane announced May 16 goes through Nov. 30 and that "when that expires, then it expires."
Crane tells the newspaper that concerns about past discrimination complaints and war profiteering charges at two of his companies have been resolved and are not a problem with MLB. A spokesman for MLB didn't immediately return an email from The Associated Press seeking comment.