Posted on: January 23, 2012 2:44 pm
By Matt Snyder
With the wildly unpopular Frank McCourt headed out the door, the Los Angeles Dodgers are for sale. Bids are actually due Monday and McCourt has agreed to make a decision by April 1.
Via Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, here is a list of the prospective bidders:
Magic Johnson/Stan Kasten: Kasten has been president of the Braves and is the Nationals' current president. And we all know what Magic means to L.A.
Joe Torre/Rick Caruso: The former Dodgers manager and current vice president of the MLB heads up the group.
Steven Cohen/Arn Tellem: Cohen, a hedge fund manager, is one of the richest men in America while Tellem is a high-profile agent.
Mark Cuban: The Dallas Mavericks owner finally got his championship last NBA season, so maybe it's time to get an MLB team? Note that he's tried in the past -- most famously with the Cubs -- to buy a team. It's just that past reports have indicated Bud Selig and several other owners don't want Cuban to join their club.
Tom Barrack: Shaikin reports Barrack has owned a japanese baseball team and a french soccer team in the past.
Ron Burkle: While he can't match Cohen, Burkle is also a member of the Forbes 400, sporting an estimated net worth of $3.2 billion. He's a part owner of the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins.
Stanley Gold/Disney family: Gold is the president and CEO of Disney's private investment company. The Disney name doesn't really need any further explanation.
Peter O'Malley: The former Dodgers owner apparently wants back in.
Tony Ressler: He's an investor and minority owner of the Brewers.
Dennis Gilbert: The former agent lost out on the bidding for the Rangers.
Alan Casden: He's a self-made real estate developer in Beverly Hills, so that seems like a good fit. Shaikin reports, however, that "MLB wasn't comfortable" with Casden last time he placed a bid on the club.
Tom Golisano: He used to own the Buffalo Sabres of the NHL.
Fred Claire: He was the GM of the Dodgers from 1987-1998.
Steve Garvey/Orel Hershiser: Baseball fans are obviously familiar with the Dodgers connection here.
Fox or Time Warner: We know the TV money is big, but Shaikin reports neither group really wants the team -- they just don't want the other side to buy the team. So each might bid. Try untangling that web of logic.
The Field: The bidding process is not public, so it wouldn't be a total shock of the eventual Dodgers owner was a group or person not on this list.
While it's hard to tell how this entire process will shake out, it has to be a relief to Major League Baseball and Dodgers fans that the next owner is simply going to be ABFM (Anyone But Frank McCourt).
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Posted on: April 21, 2011 11:47 pm
By Evan Brunell
Ever since Bud Selig announced a hostile takeover of the Dodgers, speculation has run rampant on who the next owner of the Dodgers would be if Selig is successful at pushing Frank McCourt out.
Red Sox chairman Tom Werner already flatly denied rumors and two other current owners have joined him.
Brewers owner Mark Attanasio, who is from Los Angeles, said he has no interest in taking the Dodgers over. "It's great to be here. My wife and my family just moved into a new place in downtown Milwaukee, and we're excited to be part of the city and building what we hope is a championship team here," he told MLB.com.
Attanasio was available to reporters Wednesday as news broke that the club signed Ryan Braun to a five-year extension covering the years 2016-2020, which Attanasio also pointed out should be proof positive of his commitment to Milwaukee.
Oakland owner Lew Wolff joined Attanasio in giving a flat no when asked if he would take on the Dodgers. Wolff has been battling for over two years to move to San Jose, with the Giants resisting as is their right given S.F. holds territorial rights to San Jose. Although the deal is expected to eventually be pushed through by Selig, Wolff has grown frustrated by the endeavor.
That doesn't mean he plans to abandon the A's, though, as the Los Angeles Times reports.
"My focus is deep into getting us a new venue for the A's," Wolff said. "That's where my long term is."
There is one other name inside baseball that could end up with the Dodgers -- White Sox executive Dennis Gilbert tried and failed to get the Rangers last year and could cast his aspirations on the Dodgers. Given his stature in the game, Gilbert would likely find an easy road toward taking over L.A. and may have an investment group lined up, ready to go.
He'll have some competition as former All-Star Dodgers first baseman Steve Garvey is throught to be trying to assemble a group. And of course, whenever there's a baseball team available for sale, one must bring up basketball owner Mark Cuban. Cuban didn't respond to an e-mail from the Times for a statement, but has expressed interest in the Dodgers previously. However, after losing out on the Rangers, Cuban said he would no longer participate as the active owner for purchasing a club; rather, he would have to be approached. It appears Cuban is growing frustrated with MLB's gambit to keep him out of the league after also falling short for the Cubs.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.