White Sox clarify Reinsdorf's plans for future

White Sox clarify Reinsdorf's plans for future

CHICAGO -- At 77 years old, Jerry Reinsdorf is going strong and plans to be around for quite a while longer.

In an article this week in the SportsBusiness Journal, Reinsdorf speculatively mentioned that he recommended that his sons keep the Bulls but sell their interest in the White Sox. On Tuesday, the White Sox made clear that the issue is yet not settled and is far, far from needing to be.

"During the SBJ interview, Jerry said he intended to be at the ballpark for the 2033 MLB All-Star Game," the statement read. "Jerry has said that while it is his recommendation that the club be put up for sale once he is no longer with us, he acknowledges that his vote won't count at that point in the discussion.

"He recognizes that he may be in the fourth quarter, but as he said, he's playing for triple overtime."

The statement went on to say that the succession of the White Sox is fluid at this point and ultimately will depend on timing and other circumstances.

"Certainly, nothing is definitive," the team statement concluded. "And right now the plan is to address succession after the 2033 All-Star Game."

Reinsdorf will be honored with the 2013 SBJ/SBD Lifetime Achievement Award during a Wednesday night ceremony at the Sports Business Awards in New York. He has run the White Sox since January 1981 and the Bulls since March 1985.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.