Earlier this year, Jeb! Bush surfaced as the name brand of a partnership expressing interest in the professional baseball team. Apparently, the Bush consortium made a very significant offer that was turned down.
I expect that the current management cannot squeeze expenses and paying baseball fans for too much longer. That game is in the late innings.
Judging from reader comments, there are a fair number of fans who believe that changing ownership will bring paying customers back into the seats. Others believe that Miami only backs its winners, like the Heat.
The thinking goes: if the Marlins were owned by and lead by Hispanics and began to win, that the seats would fill and the Marlins' fortune reverse.
I wouldn't bet on that outcome. First of all, there is the traffic; it is meant to break the spirit on any baseball game day. Second, do Hispanic demographics support a rise in attendance if the ownership changes?
Knowing the extent to which the Miami economy is supported by investors who only spend a few weeks of the year in Miami, I doubt that attending a Marlins' baseball game rises to the level of a sure thing.
Where are the voters when it comes to throwing out of office those elected officials who supported the taxpayer funded ballpark and gave its owner the right to profit when the team is flipped? Turned off.