HOUSTON (AP) — Major League Baseball owners approved the sale of a controlling stake in the Seattle Mariners from Nintendo of America to a group of minority owners led by Western Wireless Corp. founder John Stanton and retired Microsoft executive Chris Larson.
Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said the deal will close Friday or Monday.
This will be the first transfer in control of an MLB team since Ron Fowler led the purchase of the San Diego Padres in August 2012.
Stanton will take over as control person from current chairman Howard Lincoln, who is retiring. The Mariners anticipate a seamless transition in management.
Mariners chairman emeritus John Ellis said "there's not a soul, other than the people retiring, that will be impacted, because all of these same partners are still involved,"
Nintendo of America, under the direction of Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi, bought the Mariners from Jeff Smulyan in 1992. Under Nintendo's ownership, the Mariners moved from the Kingdome to Safeco Field in 1999.
More from News of the North
Governor Walker suspends campaign
Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) Gov. Bill Walker said Alaskans deserved a competitive race and Mark Begich had the best chance of competing with Republican Mike Dunleavy.
Begich and Dunleavy refer to Walker decision in AFN debate
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Governor Walker made his surprise announcement just before a gubernatorial debate at the Alaska Federation of Natives in which he was originally scheduled to participate.
Alaska governor says he quit race to boost Democrat
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Bill Walker's surprising announcement that he was quitting his bid for re-election with less than 21 days to go was an effort to boost Democratic rival Mark Begich's chances of beating Republican Mike Dunleavy.
Alaska salmon stakeholders divided on ballot initiative
(ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska salmon stakeholders are split on a ballot initiative that aims to strengthen state law protecting salmon habitat.
Unsealed report alleges police mishandled drug investigation
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An unsealed report indicates Anchorage police mishandled an investigation into drug dealing by recruiters with the Alaska National Guard.
Bering Sea village will be first counted in 2020 US Census
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The first people to be counted in the 2020 U.S. Census live in a Yupik village on the Bering Sea in southwest Alaska.
Villages in Alaska region growing faster than hub town
BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — Small communities in Alaska's Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region are growing faster population-wise than Bethel, the commercial hub for that part of the state.
Man killed in single vehicle crash
Salcha, Alaska (KINY) Alaska State Troopers said the victim was found 300 feet away from the vehicle on the Richardson Highway.
Boil water notice issued
Saxman, Alaska (KINY) The water system is repairing several water-line breaks that reduced pressure.
Experts in Juneau provding training on rescues from collapsed buildings
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - An Urban Search and Rescue Team is in Juneau providing training.
Job losses continue
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) The unemployment rate began a typical fall pattern as it rose from 4.2 to 4.6 percent in southeast Alaska during September.
Walrus case leads to indictment
Skagway, Alaska (KINY) James Williams, 67, was indicted on charges alleging smuggling of walrus ivory and the illegal export and import of walrus ivory in violation of the Lacey Act.