15 October 2020 22:31

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Billy Beane: From Moneyball to SPAC

The idea doesn't quite seem possible, yet according to the Wall Street Journal, Beane is set to leave the Oakland Athletics' front office due to a pending financial conflict of interest involving the Boston Red Sox. As the WSJ explains, Beane is a co-chairman of RedBall Acquisition Corp, a SPAC (Special Purpose Acquistion Company) that aims to raise $500 million for acquiring businesses based in sports, data analytics, and sports-related media. RedBall is currently negotiating a merger with John Henry's Fenway Sports Group, which owns the Red Sox and Liverpool F.C. of the Premier League. If Beane is part of a company that owns the Red Sox, he can't also be part of the A's front office. Beane also currently owns a minority stake in the team but as a co-founder of RedBall, he presumably has a more personal stake — and greater financial investment — in that company. Therefore, it probably shouldn't be a surprise that Beane is reportedly willing to walk away from the team he's been involved with as a player, scout, and executive for the past 30 years.


Yet Beane has had a less public role during the past five years, working as the team's vice president of baseball operations while David Forst took over as general manager. Will Beane take an executive role with Liverpool F.C. once he officially cuts his ties with the A's? Henry has attempted to hire Beane before, pursuing him for the Red Sox general manager position before Theo Epstein was eventually hired. But according to the WSJ, Beane won't take any sort of role with the Red Sox despite his pending afflilation with Fenway Sports Group. Very few executives truly changed a sport, but Beane's impact on baseball has been significant, with every team utilizing some form of his philosophy and strategy.

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He was the subject of Michael Lewis's 2003 book, Moneyball, which looked at how Beane and the A's managed to compete despite economic shortcomings. That book was adapted into a 2011 feature film with Brad Pitt portraying Beane. The Athletics struggled through the early part of the season, and the contributions of acquisitions spotlighted in the film helped them turn their season around and finish first in the American League West before losing to the Minnesota Twins in the playoffs. However, critics such as baseball writer Jonah Keri have long dinged both the book and the film for the way it buries the contributions of the team's starting pitchers. While most of the characters in the film are representations of real people, Brand is a fictional character based largely on assistant general manager Paul DePodesta, who asked that his name be removed from the screenplay.

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The actual Beane is still with the Athletics, now as executive vice president of baseball relations. Beane says in the film that he won't be satisfied until the Athletics win the World Series with their methods, and that when that happens they'll have changed the game. 'Moneyball' is a biographical film based on the eponymous non-fiction book by Michael Lewis, which focuses on the Oakland Athletics' baseball team's 2002 season and its general manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt). The story follows Beane, his assistant general manager, Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), and their unusual methods to put together a team of competitive players under a limited budget. Several scenes were also shot at Oakland, located in the east side of San Francisco Bay, California.

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Although the film was able to shoot at Fenway Park- 4 Yawkey Way, Boston, Massachusetts for a day, there wasn't enough money to film in other ballparks, which is why Dodger Stadium became very important to the filming of 'Moneyball.' Some shots were also taken at the Lansdowne Street, just outside Fenway Park. Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum or the Oakland Coliseum, located at 7000 Coliseum Way, is Oakland A's home stadium and served as a filming site for the movie. In an interview, Todd Christensen, the location manager for 'Moneyball,' shared that the team had trouble dealing with the paparazzi as they would go to extreme lengths to photograph Brad Pitt. They ultimately had to hire the adjoining Recreation Park so they could keep the paparazzi away from the filming site. This stadium was also used to recreate the 1984 game between the Dodgers and the Mets in 'Moneyball' when Beane played for the team from New York.

Scenes shot in the studio were filmed at Sony Pictures Studios, located at 10202 W. According to reports, talks between Fenway Sports Group (FSG) and RedBall Acquisition Corp, a company set up by Billy Beane, has taken place with the latter buying a 25 percent stake in FSG. Beane serves as the executive vice president of baseball operations and is a minority owner of the Oakland Athletics. Prior to the management role, Beane did have stints as an outfielder with the New York Mets, Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers and Oakland Athletics. He was also the lead character and the subject of Michael Lewis's 2003 book on baseball economics, 'Moneyball', which was later made into a feature film with Brad Pitt playing Beane. Liverpool's John Henry and Beane have a good relationship and have been friends for a long time now, a fact that baseball fans and those who have watched 'Moneyball' would be well aware of. Back in 2002, Beane was approached by Henry with a $12.5M offer to become the GM of famed MLB team, the Boston Red Sox, only to be turned down so he could continue to work with Oakland Athletics which he helmed. Henry has been asking for Beane ever since he rose to prominence with Moneyball's publication that detailed out his transformation of the Athletics into a powerhouse despite having a microscopic budget. If the FSG-RedBall conversation develops, the site added that Beane will have to move away from the Athletics and quit the sport altogether so as to avoid a conflict of interest. As part of the merger, he would focus on expanding Fenway's other sporting interests including the Boston Red Sox and the Roush Fenway Racing NASCAR team.