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Tom Hicks era in Texas finally done

Texas RangersThe last bit of business involving Tom Hicks and the Texas Rangers was finally put to bed after the two sides agreed to a settlement of a dispute involving ownership of parking lots next to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Hicks owned the Rangers between 1998 and 2010, an era that saw some big spending (the New York Yankees are still paying off Alex Rodriguez’s contract), a new ballpark and a dramatic evolution in the business of baseball. He also invested in other professional sports in an effort to build an empire. Alas, Hicks didn’t manage to keep up with the times and ending up putting the Rangers in bankruptcy and liquidating his other sports interests, a move that saw an investment group involving Nolan Ryan buying the ballclub.

Like many corporatists, Hicks broke his business ventures into different companies, and the parking lots surrounding the ballpark ended up in a separate entity. They weren’t part of the bankruptcy filing, and in general bankruptcy courts frown upon siphoning off assets before seeking legal protection.

After some legal back and forth, Hicks and the Rangers reached a financial agreement on the disposition of the parking lots, which became a lot more valuable after the opening of Cowboys Stadium. The lots are now worth between $51.5 million to $75 million.

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