After a week of negotiations, Major League Baseball and Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos have not agreed on compensation to offset the impact of a Washington team on the Baltimore franchise, according to sources familiar with the negotiations.
Angelos met for several hours in Milwaukee yesterday with Commissioner Bud Selig and MLB President Robert DuPuy. The talks are expected to continue today by telephone. Reached last night, Angelos declined to comment. Attempts to reach DuPuy and Selig were unsuccessful.
The sides were reportedly on the verge of an agreement last week in which MLB would agree to guarantee that the Orioles would sell for no less than $360 million. The tentative agreement also called for the Orioles to receive 60 percent of the revenue from a partnership in a regional sports network with the Washington franchise.
The third leg of the proposal, which may have become a sticking point, is Angelos's desire that MLB make up any decrease in the Orioles' revenue caused by the Washington franchise. Angelos wants those guarantees to cover the Orioles' annual lease payments to the state of Maryland, which owns the Camden Yards facility, according to sources. MLB apparently wants the revenue guarantee to approximate the average of the three years prior to the arrival of the Washington team.
Angelos wants the guarantees to be in effect for as long as a member of his family owns the team.
MLB has been trying to work out a deal with Angelos since announcing that the Montreal Expos were coming to Washington. Angelos has threatened to take legal action without a deal.
-- Thomas Heath