An interesting item from Mike Silva -
Based on my conversations with people it appears the Steinbrenner sons are not quite as engaged with the product as the father. Sure, Hank and Hal want to win, but I get the feeling they have other interests as well. So would they sell the team once George passes on? Look at how the Hess family sold after Leon’s death in 1999. I believe we might see something similar with the Steinbrenner’s and the Yankees and I asked Bill [Madden] his thoughts on my theory.
“I would agree with that. I don’t see the family keeping control of this team when George goes,” said Madden. He went on to mention the tax ramifications and how Hal Steinbrenner is a “hands off owner” that doesn’t have the same “passion” as his father. In short, Madden “fully expects” a sale of the team when they are faced with that situation.
This is not new. Five years ago there were reports/opinion that the team woud go up for sale when Big Stein passes.
What do you think? Will the Stein Brothers (and sisters) cash out when The Boss dies? If so, who would you want to see own the team? And, who would you least like to see take over?