Frank McCourt has finally agreed to sell the Dodgers. It’s been a long, ugly, public battle for McCourt, who was probably just a few more days away from being carried from Dodger Stadium kicking and screaming. During his run as owner, McCourt “looted” the team for somewhere between $180 and $190 million. From USA Today:
A joint statement said there will be a “court-supervised process” to sell the team and its media rights to maximize value for the Dodgers and McCourt. The Blackstone Group LP will manage the sale, which could include Dodger Stadium and the surrounding parking lots.
You’ll be surprised to learn that the parking lots were the part of the team that McCourt was really always fighting for.
Generally, when a team in any professional sport is sold, rumors begin to swirl about the new owner(s) moving the franchise to Los Angeles. (The exception is hockey where all teams are rumored to move to either Connecticut or Canada. Hockey is a funny sport like that.) Since the Dodgers already moved to Los Angeles in 1958, we just need to focus on who buys the team.
If you’re a fan of slideshows, CBS Los Angeles put together a list of potential buyers back in April. Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban is interested, but the previous asking price of $1 billion-plus was too much. Two months ago, McCourt was supposedly offered $1.2 billion from a group funded by the Chinese government. If the offer was genuine, they’ll have their chance at auction where they can bid on the team like a set of John F. Kennedy’s golf clubs.
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[LA Times, USA Today, Getty]