The Washington Nationals may be changing owners soon.
Mark Lerner currently owns the franchise, but that may not be the case soon, as he is looking to sell the team.
That uncertainty actually led the team and franchise player Juan Soto to decide it was time to part ways and seek a trade that eventually materialized: he is now part of the San Diego Padres and looking for his second World Series.
Potential candidates to own the Nationals have appeared every now and then, but we might be in the presence of the strongest one so far.
“A group led by Ted Leonsis — owner of the Washington Capitals, Wizards, and Mystics — is the frontrunner to buy the Nationals, per @TheAthletic,” Front Office Sports tweeted.
— Front Office Sports (@FOS) October 21, 2022
Leonsis Has Lots Of Experience Owning Professional Sports Franchises In Washington
Leonsis is the majority owner of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, the company behind the NHL’s Washington Capitals, NBA’s Washington Wizards, NBA G League’s Capital City Go-Go, WNBA’s Washington Mystics, and formerly the AFL’s Washington Valor and Baltimore Brigade.
Evidently, Leonsis knows his way around professional sports and would be a solid candidate to take over the Nationals, who have been struggling ever since they won the World Series in 2019.
That’s when the debacle started, as they lost Anthony Rendon, Soto, Max Scherzer, Trea Turner, Howie Kendrick, Ryan Zimmerman, Yan Gomes, Josh Harrison, Daniel Hudson, and other major players on that title run to retirement, trades, or free agency.
Perhaps the new ownership group, whichever it is, can do a better job at retaining talent so the franchise can return to better days.
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