According to a report in the New York Daily News, rumours in Major League Baseball and New York banking circles suggest that the Steinbrenner family is exploring the idea selling the New York Yankees, a team that has been in their family since George Steinbrenner purchased the club for $8.8 million in 1973

Multiple baseball and finance sources told the Daily News they are hearing that the team the Steinbrenner family has led to seven World Series titles could be put on the block in the wake of the record sale price of $2.175 billion the Los Angeles Dodgers went for in April.

After the report was published, the family moved quickly to deny it.

However, the reality of the situation is that with the enormous sale of the Dodgers earlier this year, it would be silly for an ownership group not to be interested in feeling out what others might be willing to part with for a chance to own baseball’s premier franchise. There’s a heck of a big difference though between listening to offers and actively selling.

As the Daily News attempts to prove, Hal Steinbrenner, the Yankees managing general partner, doesn’t share the same passion for baseball that his father George did. However, while we might question the validity of such speculation, there is evidence to suggest that even if a love of baseball doesn’t exist, there certainly is one for money, and one anonymous source suggesting that the Steinbrenners would be selling high if they were to get out now isn’t really enough evidence for me to believe that now would be the best time for the current owners to sell the team.

“It would definitely be the right time for the family to sell,” said another baseball source familiar with matters involving the league’s owners. “The value of the team couldn’t be higher, but at the same time, it’s an older team in a division with younger teams getting better at the same time a lot of the Yankees’ core veterans are starting to go into decline.”

This statement erroneously assumes that a party purchasing the Yankees would consider the players on the team to be the major asset when it seems much more likely to me that the brand is more valuable than the roster.

Considering how long it took to sell the Dodgers, even if the Yankees current owners are listening to offers, we’re likely a long ways away from anything actually happening. At least anything more concrete than anonymous reports and quick denials.

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