Report: Schott Being Forced Out As Reds Owner

Posted: October 22, 1998

Marge Schott will soon sell her controlling share of the Cincinnati Reds under pressure from baseball's top officials, the Cincinnati Post reported yesterday.

Schott's two-year suspension from daily operation of the team, as punishment for remarks about Asians and working women, expired with the end of the World Series.

According to recent reports, baseball officials have been leaning toward extending her suspension so Reds managing executive John Allen can continue running the team.

Now, baseball officials are expected to announce Schott has signed a letter of intent to sell her interest in the Reds by the end of the year, the Post reported, citing unidentified sources.

The letter was being sent to baseball attorney Robert DuPuy, according to the Post. Baseball officials had indicated that Schott's suspension would be extended through the end of the Reds' partnership agreement (Dec. 31, 2000) for her business practices if she does not agree to sell her two general-partner shares, the newspaper said.

The agreement would end Schott's 14-year reign as Reds owner, which has included one World Series title, two suspensions for crude comments about minorities and a contentious relationship with the Reds' limited ownership partners.

In related news, the Oakland Athletics will soon go on sale, but one of the team's owners says the club intends to stay right where it is.

The team's lease with the Coliseum Authority commits the A's to the Coliseum through 2004, but co-owners Steve Schott and Ken Hofmann have until tomorrow to switch to a year-to-year lease.

Earlier, the owners said they'd like to move the team to San Jose, and going to a year-to-year lease would make that much easier.

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