Franklin Haney, who is bidding to become the owner of the Nationals, has told city officials (according to the Post
in "Bidder Would Pay Overruns
") that he would pay potential cost overruns up to $200 million on the new baseball stadium
--and in return, "We would hope to be awarded the development rights to be awarded in the Ballpark District
." (Haney submitted one of the nine proposals
in response to the Anacostia Waterfront Corporation's Request for Expressions of Interest
.) Haney, who has developed properties such as the Portals in Southwest, has not been considered one of the frontrunners in the jockeying to buy the Nats. The hope is that an owner will be chosen so that MLB can vote to approve at its by Nov. 15 meeting.