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."
Greg and Chris talk with Mike Reiss from ESPN Boston in hour 2 of NFL Sunday to discuss a variety of offseason happenings with the Pats and throughout the league. Greg and Chris also get into the NFL Draft and where Mariota and Winston will go.
Mike Reiss calls the guys to talk about the offseason news for the Pats. He talks about the Pats/Jets tampoering fiasco, free agency, where he sees Ridley and Connolly ending up, if the Patriots would be interested in Reggie Wayne and more.
In the first hour of the show, Greg and Chris discuss the news coming out of the owners' meetings this week and rule changes. Belichick's blow-up over the league not wanting to spend on endzone cameras was well documented and the guys react. They also talk about the Jets ridiculous tampering charges, free agents still lingering out there, where Stevan Ridley will land and the RB position in New England. Dickerson and Price briefly discuss the adventures of Tom Brady before being joined by WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia to talk all things Pats in the offseason.
Brow Buff's Sam Packard and Ben Kichen break down Marcus Smart's unfortunate ball tap, debate leadership in the Celtics locker room, and rehash the great Kevin Love to Boston rumors.
Flannery joins Mut to break down the Isaiah Thomas trade to Boston and what it means for the Celtics this season and in the future. Paul also chats with Mut about the other deals that happened at the NBA's trading deadline
We talk to Chris Mannix from SI to break down the C's acquisition of Isaiah Thomas and the crazy trade deadline in the rest of the NBA.
Joe and Alex talked with the Sox AGM about the state of the team as Opening Day approaches.
Mut, Tomase, and Bradford kick things off talking about Shane Victorino taking offense to people reading into some comments he made about trading for Cole Hamels. They also discuss Blake Swihart and how soon he could be up if Christian Vazquez starts the season on the DL.
Joe Kelly joined the Hot Stove show where he talked about being ready for his next spring training start after a biceps ailment forced him out of his last outing, he talks about his NCAA brackets and how teammate Wade Miley has a perfect bracket still.
Peter Chiarelli joined the Sunday Skate crew to talk about the Bruins playoff push heading into the final handful of games of the regular season. Chiarelli talked about avoiding some of the overly negative feedback he gets while realizing that the team does have real issues. He discusses what went down at the trade deadline and if he was happy with the outcome, Lucic having a down year and underperforming, the salary cap and if he considers it as big of an issue as it's been made out to be and what the future holds for the team.
It's a big hour #2 for the Sunday Skate dudes - they talk about the B's defenseman and what the future looks like at that position, with both moves the team can make and younger guys in the AHL. They also get into the Bruins philosophy on bringing guys up and sending them back down and how players deal with that. Finally, the boys are joined by Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli to discuss EVERYTHING.
The Sunday Skate crew gets the show going discussing the Bruins big, impressive victory over the NY Rangers yesterday. What can you take from that game? According to LB - Lyndon Byers - who called the guys from the road, not a lot. LB drops a dime on what was going on with the Rangers yesterday. DJ and Joe discuss Claude's lines and groupings and the importance of Ryan Spooner. They also get into Lucic, his contributions this year and if he can turn things around.
The latest feud between Shank and Papi was discussed.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys discussed the disgusting protests at the scene of Officer Moynihan's shooting.
We hear more audio from Christian's day between the pipes. He did his best to try and intimidate the small children shooting on him.
After Christian gave away his children's dog, we find out that Lola eventually found a better home.
During the recess of the Aaron Hernandez murder trial, Ted Daniel describes the first half of Shayana Jenkins testimony.
Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton discuss David Ortiz's self-penned piece which took on such topics as steroids, the media, his contract and more. And we get into a back and forth about the fan perception of him in Boston, and why he can be so polarizing at times, even with the on-field track record he has.
Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton discuss some of the testimony from Aaron Hernandez' fiancee, and try and judge how her words might change the outcome of this case.
Dale and Michael talk Bruins after they managed to snatch defeat from the claws of victory and blow a late game lead to the Anaheim Ducks. With the playoffs still in question, the Bruins need more efforts like that, and more luck.
Chris Price joins Mut to talk about how Revis will heat up the Jets-Pats rivalry next season
Mut opens his show talking about the New York Jets filing tampering charges on the Patriots
Mikey, Mut, and Lucy are talking about all things New England sports, the Red Sox spring training, more Darrelle Revis and Jets talk, and some Bruins mixed in.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk talk about Kirk's massage and crap all over Sausage.
Ben and Adam finish the odyssey that is the history of Wrestlemania. Wrestlemanias 21-30 are discussed and analyzed.
Mike Mulloy joins Chris in the studio to talk Raw and Wrestlemania.
Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton discuss David Ortiz's self-penned piece which took on such topics as steroids, the media, his contract and more. And we get into a back and forth about the fan perception of him in Boston, and why he can be so polarizing at times, even with the on-field track record he has.More from this show
Scott Cordischi and John Rooke take your calls, texts, tweets and emails on the week's hot topics. The boys are back together in studio! It’s a bittersweet reunion due to the end of the NCAABB Tournament run for the PC Friars, so we say “see you next season” to the play by play team of John Rooke and Joe Hassett. We don’t waste time looking ahead with the issues confronting the men’s basketball program at URI and PC. On the table is the argument over the validity of RPI, outgoing coveted players, incoming recruits and whether Coaches Dan Hurley and Ed Cooley will remain after their successful 2014 season. Some time is spent on the NFL owners meetings, with the whiny Baltimore Ravens and a ranting Bill Belichick. We close March in all it’s madness, with “Three Things” where we celebrate the open mic and a young man’s passion .More from this show