Ownership approval expected today

ARLINGTON, Texas -- It's an off day for the Rangers, but not for Chuck Greenberg, Nolan Ryan and the rest of Rangers Baseball Express.

Greenberg is in Minneapolis, Minn., for the owners' meetings. He was in to meet with the ownership committee on Wednesday and both that committee and the executive council unanimously approved the sale. The final vote on whether to approve the Greenberg-Ryan group is scheduled for later this morning. That is not expected to be an issue, as MLB has preferred the Greenberg-Ryan group for months now since they agreed to a deal with Hicks Sports Group in January.

We'll have some comments from Greenberg and Ryan once the vote is official. The closing of the team could happen as early as today, with Friday as the first game where Greenberg and Ryan would be owners.