Having been thwarted twice in attempts to buy major-league teams, including a court battle this summer over the Rangers, it would be natural to assume Mark Cuban's ears perked up at the news Drayton McLane has enlisted an investment firm to begin earnest efforts to sell the team. Jim Crane, Cuban's partner in the Rangers bid, nearly bought the Astros in 2008.
Cuban has told several reporters today, however, that he has no interest in buying the Astros.
A Houston TV station reported that the asking price will be $800 million. The latest Forbes valuation of the franchise was $453 million, but the sale would also include some portion of the new regional sports network CSN Houston, which has the contract to air Astros and Rockets games.
McLane has scheduled a news conference at 3:30 p.m. Eastern to discuss the sale.
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