A press conference was called by the Texas Rangers baseball team Monday, May 24, at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, with team principals announcing a plan "to facilitate completion of the previously announced sale of the Club to the Greenberg-Ryan group. Participating in the press conference were Chuck Greenberg, Tom Hicks and Nolan Ryan. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram/Paul Moseley)
Nolan Ryan wasn't in court on Thursday morning after a long night of bidding in one of the most contentious sales of an American professional sports team.
Instead Chuck Greenberg headed to court without Ryan for the confirmation hearing on the team's bankruptcy plan.
Ryan did call in to NBC DFW Sports Director Newy Scruggs radio show on 105.3 The Fan.
When asked what, if any role, Tom Hicks would have with the team, Ryan said he'd have no role at all. Scruggs asked for confirmation that Hicks would not be involved at all with the ball club, Ryan responded, "That's the way I understand it, yes."
When asked if Hicks would still be seen at games Ryan responded, "Well, he has a box up there so I would imagine they will still be coming to the ballgames."
Ryan said it was a long and tedious day with a lot of ups and down but ultimately ended well. "Well I can tell you this, I hope I never go through another bankruptcy situation like we went through," Ryan told Scruggs. "I found out I made the right decision being a baseball player."
When asked if Ryan celebrated the auction victory Ryan responded, "I had a quick, a small glass of champagne and I went to bed I was tired."
Ryan said there were no hard feelings between he and Cuban, saying he understood this was a business decision, and that the Cuban-Crane group wanted to own the team just like the Ryan-Greenberg group.
Cuban posted on Twitter at 1:45 a.m.:
"CONGRATS CHUCK AND NOLAN. GO RANGERS!"
Ryan will hold a news conference at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington Thursday afternoon. Return to NBCDFW.com for the latest.
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