Report: Ivanka Trump’s father-in-law part of group bidding for Marlins

Posted: 11/02/2017 in MLB, Sports
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The Miami Marlins are reportedly being sold for close to $1.6 billion, and one potential bidder has serious ties to U.S. President Donald Trump

Real estate mogul Charles Kushner – father-in-law of Ivanka Trump – is involved in the franchise’s purchase group, according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, citing sources with knowledge of the situation.

Ivanka’s husband, Jared Kushner, is the president’s senior advisor.

Charles’ involvement in the sale is unknown, though Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria reportedly had a “handshake agreement” with an unnamed businessman out of New York. The deal reportedly may break down as financial details don’t seem to be set in stone, according to Rovell.

MLB released a statement regarding Loria’s agreement to sell the franchise, as well as Charles’ involvement:

“Under Major League Baseball rules, the Commissioner’s Office must be informed of any conversations about a potential sale. The Commissioner’s Office has not heard directly or indirectly of any conversation involving Charles Kushner,” the statement read, as per Ken Rosenthal from MLB on FOX.

The Kushner’s interest in owning a sports franchise isn’t new, as Jared submitted a bid to purchase the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012 – who were valued at $1.4 billion – but later withdrew the offer. The Dodgers now carry a value of $2.5 billion and a yearly revenue of $438 million, according to Forbes.

Charles, meanwhile, has also entertained the idea of purchasing an NBA team, Rovell notes, according to sources.

Charles’ involvement may be met with criticism as he’s served time in prison for tax evasion, witness tampering, and illegal campaign contributions.

Loria bought the Marlins for $158 million in 2002, and under his ownership has a 1087-1179 record, along with winning the 2003 World Series.

Loria was also behind the sale of the Montreal Expos to MLB for $120 million.

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