ed Sox owner John Henry on Thursday refuted a Fox Business story that claimed his ownership group intended to sell the team.
“A sale of any kind is so far from our thinking it hasn’t even come up apart from technical planning issues involving death or disability. This report is completely without foundation,” he said.
The Fox Business report did not cite any named sources.
“Regarding unnamed sources: Any sale discussions that may have taken place were missing three key people — Larry [Lucchino], Tom [Werner] and me. The Sox and any of the other components of FSG [Fenway Sports Group] are not for sale and will not be for the foreseeable future,” Henry said.
Charlie Gasparino, who wrote the Fox report, elaborated on his report in an interview on WEEI Thursday afternoon.
“I am not making this stuff up, I don’t care how much they deny it,” said Gasparino, whose story included a quote from a Red Sox spokesman denying the team was for sale.
“After discussion about our sourcing and what we knew about this, we felt pretty confident to go with it,” Gasparino said.
The Fox story said executives at Fenway Sports Group were concerned with having “the financial resources to run both” the Red Sox and the Liverpool soccer team, which it purchased in October of 2010.
Lucchino, the team’s CEO, called the notion of a sale of the Red Sox “nonsense” during an appearance on WEEI earlier.
Of his partners, Werner and Henry, Lucchino said, “They feel the same kind of competitive juices that I feel, that our fans feel, to put this team back on the track it was on for a decade. For better or worse, we are the guys that you’re going to have to kick around for awhile.”
Peter Abraham and Gary Dzen contributed
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