It's not just at the major league level:
The owner of the local AA franchise didn't want the possible sale of the franchise to a group who would move it to become public knowledge. Why? Because he didn't want the sale to impact the re-election of our local State Senator, who is under indictment in a federal racketeering probe involving him getting his son a job with a downstate law firm, and funneling state business to the same law firm.
Ya just can't make this stuff up.