CHAIRMAN, CEO, BALTIMORE ORIOLES
For more than 15 years, John Angelos has managed the day-to-day business operations of the Baltimore Orioles. Last year, he was approved by Major League Baseball owners for an even larger role with the team: to take over the franchise from his father, Peter, whose health has been declining in recent years.
As the next owner of the Orioles, Angelos has had to deal with the anxiety felt in any small-market major league sports town that greener pastures may lure the hometown team away.
The Orioles are not leaving, Angelos told an audience of civic leaders in September 2019. “The Orioles are a Baltimore institution,” he told the Baltimore Sun. “The Orioles will be in Baltimore, be in Maryland. That’s the beginning and the end as far as I’m concerned.”
Angelos also serves as president and chief operating officer of the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN), overseeing the broadcast network’s business opera-tions.
He has emerged as one of the most forceful voices among MLB team executives on behalf of the social equity and justice movement.
“If you think about the problems that African-Americans face and minorities face and women face, and those that are faced with economic impoverishment, multi-generational economic impoverishment, those are real obstacles in 2020 in many parts of our community,” Angelos said in a 2020 interview on ESPN. “What must that have been like 60 or 70 years ago, 80 years ago?”