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Big names interested in Dodgers?

Posted on: April 29, 2011 8:06 pm
 
Magic JohnsonBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Two of the most famous names in Los Angeles sports history -- O'Malley and Magic -- are reportedly interested in purchasing the Dodgers.

Peter O'Malley, who started this mess by selling the Dodgers to Fox in 1998, reportedly has two big investors lined up to buy the team and he'd run, according to David Vassegh of KLAC-AM. Vassegh cited a "prominent Dodgers executive" as the source.

The O'Malley family, of course, brought the Dodgers to Los Angeles following the 1957 season.

The other interested party may be former L.A. Laker Magic Johnson, who told SiriusXM hosts Steve Covino and Rich Davis that he might be interested (via the Los Angeles Times' Steve Dilbeck).

"You know, people here in L.A. want me to make a run for the Dodgers," Johnson said. "I will sit back and see what happens, and if somebody approaches me and wants a partner or wants me to be involved, I'll take a look at it. 'Cause I love baseball. And I love the Dodgers."

Last year Johnson raised nearly $100 million by selling his minority share in the Lakers and his Starbucks franchises. At the time, he was looking at joining a group trying to bring the NFL back to Los Angeles and told the Times he had no interest in buying the Dodgers.

With MLB running the team, expect more names to pop up, but these two names at least make good headlines.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:23 pm
 

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 6:09 pm
 

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Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: April 30, 2011 12:00 am
 

Big names interested in Dodgers?

Also, Magic loves LA.  How many times has Cuban chanted, "Beat LA"?



Since: May 9, 2010
Posted on: April 29, 2011 11:53 pm
 

Big names interested in Dodgers?

Please, not Mark Cuban. The McCourt's brought enough vulgarity.



Since: Feb 28, 2008
Posted on: April 29, 2011 11:49 pm
 

Big names interested in Dodgers?

The reason Peter O'Malley sold the team in 1997 was he felt there would be estate tax problems and he needed to protect the other members of his family. Running the team for other financial interests might be just what the Big Dodger in the Sky ordered.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: April 29, 2011 11:36 pm
 

Big names interested in Dodgers?

Another unmentioned name is Mark Cuban, who also just unloaded some serious investments. He would, of course, have the wealth regardless of this, but that does mean he has a sizable bankroll looking for a home.



Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: April 29, 2011 11:30 pm
 

Big names interested in Dodgers?

I don't know if letting OMalley back in is the right way to go. I mean why did he sell in the first place?
Who ever is lucky enough to buy the Dodgers better be loaded and willing to spend. 



Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: April 29, 2011 8:57 pm
 

Big names interested in Dodgers?

I would love to have the O'Malley back owning the Dodgers! If not I wouldn't mind Magic either! Either one of them would be beter than McCheap!


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