Texas Rangers declare bankruptcy

May 24, 2010 at 6:45 PM

ARLINGTON, Texas, May 24 (UPI) -- The Texas Rangers have declared bankruptcy in a move intended to speed a sale of the baseball franchise, owner Tom Hicks said Monday.

Hicks told reporters the team has filed a voluntary, "prepackaged" bankruptcy procedure in an attempt to break a 15-month deadlock with creditors. He said he hopes the move will allow would-be buyers Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan to implement a $575 million purchase plan, The Dallas Morning News reported.

"This was the only way we felt like we could move things forward in a timely fashion," Hicks said. "This action is about ending that impasse and getting the club to the group we reached an agreement with and the group I feel is the right group."

"This agreement assures an orderly process to expeditiously transfer Rangers ownership to the Greenberg-Ryan group, and it protects the franchise's baseball operations," MLB Commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement.

Since Hicks defaulted on $525 million in notes held by hedge fund Monarch Alternative Capital and other lenders, he has been unable to agree with them on a sale, the Morning News said.

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