Red Sox principal owner John Henry, in an interview on the Mut & Merloni show, said that suggestions that the current Red Sox ownership group is exploring the potential sale of the team are inaccurate. Referring specifically to a report from Charlie Gasparino of Fox Business News, Henry said, "I'm disputing his sources. Whatever his sources tell him, I'm completely disputing."
"I think whenever things aren't going according to plan, with all the turmoil we've had this year, people are going to speculate about this type of thing," Henry said. "Certainly it hasn't come from us. We're committed to this franchise for the long term. ... We're having meetings here at Fenway about 2013 and beyond.
"We've had minority owners get out, but there's always been more than enough interest from existing partners to take them out," he added. "There hasn't been any discussion with minority partners, at least with us, that they want to sell the asset."
Henry said that he and and Tom Werner remain committed to the ownership of the club for "as long as we can." He said that the team recently concluded documents about what will happen to the club in the event of the death or disability of Henry or other members of the ownership group.
"If those documents ever came to light, it would be clear that we're in this for the long run," Henry said. "We're committed to the Red Sox, committed to returning to where we need to be."
Though the Dodgers recently sold for in excess of $2 billion, Henry said that the possible to achieve considerable sums in a team sale had little meaning.
"At this point in my life, [money] doesn't drive me," Henry said. "We love doing this. Tom and [CEO/president Larry Lucchino] and I love doing this. ... We're having meetings every day at Fenway about the future. Not what it's worth. That will mean more to our heirs than it will to us."
Henry said that the recent blockbuster trade with the Dodgers was not a reflection of a desire to sell the club but rather to create a better baseball operation in the world of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
"We did it for one reason and one reason only: To provide payroll flexibility," he said.
Henry also once again said that none of his other business interests impacts the budget of the Red Sox, and that neither his private investment company or the Fenway Sports Group's ownership of the Liverpool Football Club or partnership with Roush Racing impacts the Red Sox.
"There hasn't been a financial issue but there's really been an issue between fan bases," Henry said. "Right after we spent $476 millon to buy Liverpool, which many people think was a bargain price, we spent how much on [Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford]? That provoked such an outrage in Liverpool, we were shocked by that. ... Then we went out and spent $150 million or so on buying players in Liverpool and that provoked that here. That's really a mistake on our part, not to recognize that that was going to create issues for both franchises. But they're independently run organizations, just as Roush Fenway is independently run. ... Whether we win or lose [with Roush Fenway] doesn't impact the Red Sox from our perspective. These are individual units.
"We have separate budgets for each entitiy. They really aren't interrelated. The budgets for the Red Sox are based on Red Sox revenues. The budgets for Liverpool are based on Liverpool revenues.
"I can understand, logicaly, that some people would say that has an impact. But really what has an impact is, what are our budgets? When we talk to Ben [Cherington] about what the budget is ... that budget is set annually based on what is going on with the Red Sox. That's why we have the second-highest payroll in baseball, and why we have over the last 11 years, because the revenues with the Red Sox are extraordinarily good."
Butch and Price discuss how Belichick and the Pats manipulate the roster with cuts, injuries, practice squad etc. - it's a complicated subject! They then move on to the improving play of QB Jimmy Garoppolo. Butch and Price start salivating over the thought of regular season football being less than 2 weeks away and discuss some early intriguing matchups.
Butch is in for Dickerson on NFL Sunday and he and Chris get into the victory over Carolina and their take-aways - the receivers could be in trouble if they don't get healthy with Wayne struggling and Boyce not contributing at all, Scott Chandler is a beast that could be a huge redzone threat with Gronk on the field and more. They talk about the offense and break down the running back depth chart. Then Trags gives them a call to give his take on the roster and their play so far.
WEEI's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Reggie Wayne's arrival in New England and look at what he might be able to bring to the team.
Jay King of Masslive.com joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.
Michael joins Ben and Sam to discuss the wild NBA Free Agency period and the upcoming Celtics season.
How long will this rebuild take? How much money will it take to keep Bae Crowder? Are Draft Picks even worth anything? With the Danny Ainge not landing any big names in the draft, and unable to lure any big names in free agency, Sam and Ben discussed if the Celtics are doomed moving forward.
Butch and John are talking Red Sox on the Sunday Sports Roundtable. They get into the current state of the rotation and how things have improved as of late. Joe Kelly has been on fire, but is he a trade asset? The guys discuss the starting pitchers that will be free agents this year and if any are good fits in Boston. Then they move on to the decision to let Orsillo go in favor of Dave O'Brien - Tomase has an interesting perspective on this topic.
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox starter, who pitched into the eighth inning and allowed just one run in the win over the Mets.
Joe and Dave talk with Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart, who hit his first career inside the park home run and propelled the Red Sox to a 6-4 win over the New York Mets.
Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.
The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.
In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!
The guys discuss some possible headlines come Pats opening night and talk about the reception that Roger Goodell might get if he's in Foxboro.
On the brink of the Pats' third preseason game, Christian kicks around some players that we might see suit up tonight in Charlotte.
The guys discuss a number of off-topics that are in the news today, including Sir Charles calling out his former agent, a Texas little league coach gives a pre-game talk for the ages & Jay Gruden is becoming sensitive.
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Chris Villani and Lenny Megs talk with Bob McGovern about the proceedings in the Tom Brady and NFL's deflate gate court case.
Villani is in for Mikey, he's talking about Chris Mortensen going on an Arizona station and talking about deflate gate and getting an apology from the Krafts.
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