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Loria appointment to Trump administration could doom proposed Marlins sale

Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria and president David Samson, during the Miami Marlins vs St. Louis Cardinals, game at Marlins Park in Little Havana in Miami on Sat., July 30, 2016.
Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria and president David Samson, during the Miami Marlins vs St. Louis Cardinals, game at Marlins Park in Little Havana in Miami on Sat., July 30, 2016. pportal@miamiherald.com

The group of Donald Trump family members that is negotiating to buy the Marlins announced on Wednesday night that they will not purchase the team if Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria is named ambassador to France.

The New York Post reported earlier Wednesday evening that White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus is pushing for Loria to be named ambassador to France and that Trump is on board.

As we reported here earlier tonight, the Marlins have been working toward selling the team to a group led by Joshua Kushner, who is the brother of Trump’s son in law, and Joseph Meyer, who is Kushner’s brother-in-law.

But Meyer told The New York Times tonight: “Our family has been friends with Jeff Loria for over 30 years, been in business together, and even owned an AAA baseball team together. Although the Kushners have made substantial progress in discussions for us to purchase the Marlins, recent reports suggest that Mr. Loria will soon be nominated by the President to be ambassador to France.

“If that is true, we do not want this unrelated transaction to complicate that process and will not pursue it. The Kushners remains interest in purchasing a team and would love to buy the Marlins at another time.”

As we reported here, there is a former owner of a big-league team who is interested in buying the Marlins if Kushner’s deal falls through.

An earlier version of this story, for a brief time, incorrectly attributed the statement to Joshua Kushner. Meyer made the above statement.

Miami Herald Marlins beat writer Clark Spencer talks about a report by Forbes that the team could potentially be sold on Feb. 9, 2017.

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