The Washington Post has announced it’s hosting a roundtable of area sports owners next week.
The gathering, titled “Scoring Big: The Business of Sports,” is headlined by Dan Snyder and Ted Leonsis, but the supporting cast will include Robert Tanenbaum and Marla Lerner Tanenbaum of the Nationals and D.C. United’s Will Chang.
For now, this crowd should talk more about business than sports. Every panelist owns a team that finished in last place within the last year. (Though, to be fair, Leonsis has had regular season successes with the Mystics and Caps, and he bought the woeful Wizards after their horrid 2009-2010 season. But after last night’s rout in Philly, they’re 0-17 on the road under new ownership and show no inclination to not again finish at the bottom.)
Perhaps that’s why, despite the local-centric flavor of the event, Chang is identified in the gathering’s press release as being “owner of D.C. United and the San Francisco Giants.”
Nothing’s gone right for Chang on or off the field since he took over United, which used to be the MLS’s flagship franchise but spent the entire 2010 season in the cellar and finished a whopping 29 points out of first place in the Eastern Conference and has used up all its chits in getting the city to build a soccer stadium. But his United bio confirms he “is also on the Executive Committee of the ownership group that owns the San Francisco Giants Baseball Club and ATT Park.”
The Giants, eh? Good on him.
Wonder if Chang’s got his World Series ring yet. And if so, will he flaunt it in front of Snyder, Leonsis and the Tanenbaums, like Troy Aikman does to Joe Buck in FOX’s fabulous “It’s good to have a ring!” ads?
The forum will kick off Tuesday at 8:45 a.m. before a live audience, and will also be streamed live at www.washingtonpostlive.com. Those not in the house can ask questions of Chang or his ring-less co-panelists via the paper’s website.