By: Joe Strupp
William Dean Singleton, vice chairman and CEO of MediaNews Group Inc. in Denver and owner of The Oakland (Calif.) Tribune, denied a rumor in last week’s USA Today Sports Weekly that he had failed in a recent attempt to buy the Oakland A’s baseball team.
Singleton said the Tribune had been in talks with a group seeking to buy the team in 1999 regarding a possible minority ownership for the newspaper, but the deal was never consummated. “That is far from my buying the team,” he told E&P. “We looked at getting involved as a community service to keep the team in Oakland, but the owners never sold.”