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Potential buyers for the Dodgers emerge

Jan 24, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention Getty Images

Frank McCourt’s official line is that the Dodgers are not for sale. But whether they’re ultimately sold is kind of out of his hands. If the latest court ruling is upheld, Jamie McCourt is going to be owed a ton of money for her share of the team, Frank doesn’t have it handy, and the only way for him to get it would be to sell the Dodgers.

Against that backdrop, BusinessWeek reports that a couple of people are indicating that they’d be interested: private equity dude Alec Gores and real estate mogul Alan Casden.*

I don’t read much business press so I’ve never heard of either of them. But that’s what Google is for. Here’s a recent writeup on Gores:

Sometimes spotted courtside at Lakers games with pal Sylvester Stallone, Gores is looking to enter the movie industry. Bidding in partnership with billionaire brother Tom for Walt Disney’s Miramax film division against financial heavyweights including Ron Burkle and Ron Tutor.

Kind of sounds like a baseball owner. Likes sports. Likes media. Does business with his family. Hangs out with weird celebrities. I also heard that Ron Burkle was interested in buying the Pirates once upon a time, so maybe Gores want the Dodgers as a way to figuratively flip the bird at a business rival! Oh, and Gores was raised in Flint, Michigan. I was in part, so I’m going to make him my favorite for no other reason than that.

As for Casden:

Taciturn and tenacious Casden won approval in February for West Hollywood mixed-use development that could be worth more than $300 million when completed. Another mixed-use development next to planned West L.A. light-rail station could be worth upwards of $750 million, if built.

Mixed-use development guy? Hey, that also sounds like a baseball owner!  Ever been to Dodger Stadium? Seen how big that parking lot is?  It could easily fit a Home Depot and a couple of condos! And if he’s into the light rail scene, maybe Dodger Stadium will finally get some friggin’ mass transit.  It’s brutal getting in and out of there.

Eh, rich people. I don’t really pretend that I understand them, so I’m just snarking here. I just hope that when they take over baseball teams they do the right thing and plow an insane amount of money into players, try to keep a lid on beer prices, make sure the team’s announcers aren’t awful and at least pretend to be happy when the team wins.

*Mark Cuban is given quick lip service too, but it’s based on old, old news. And frankly, I’m kind of bored talking about Cuban.

  1. clydeserra - Jan 24, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    Knowing nothing more than what I read here, I like train guy better than Stallone guy.

    I choo choo choose him.

    • Dan in Katonah - Jan 24, 2011 at 3:51 PM

      +1 for Ralph Wiggum quote

  2. Old Gator - Jan 24, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    Well, if someone is enamored of light rail, I say let him buy the Feesh instead. When Macondo Banana Massacre Field (or whatever four names they’re going to call if they actually go ahead with the Chihuahua’s plans to sell multiple naming rights to different sections of it, with which they will go ahead if Scrooge McLoria still owns it) opens to the public, there’s no way in and out of the neighborhood except by local streets and one very inconveniently sited set of small expressway ramps that already clog to the gills every rush hour without the fifteen or twenty extra cars that the average Feesh game will generate. We should have a light rail system serving the new stadium – in at least HO scale to serve the anticipated crowds.

    • ThatGuy - Jan 24, 2011 at 4:32 PM

      A light rail or a monorail?

  3. thinman61 - Jan 24, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    Thank God these clowns weren’t able to get their grubby paws on the Soxm or we’d now be up to 92 years without a championship.

    • craigbhill - Jan 25, 2011 at 11:04 PM

      Ya know what? We’ve had it with Bostonians.

      FUCK the Red Sox.

  4. koufaxmitzvah - Jan 24, 2011 at 7:36 PM

    What a wonderful headline. I hope to see this story develop more in the not-too-distant future.

    Someone should ask Bud Selig what he was really thinking when he okayed the sale of the Dodgers to a couple from Boston who were deemed unable to own the Saux.

    That’s the real joke, folks. I hope the real Dodger fans decide not to show up this year and we have a sub-2.5 million attendance. The lower the better, Bud.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Jan 24, 2011 at 7:37 PM

      Awesome photo, too, by the way. You guys rock.

    • craigbhill - Jan 25, 2011 at 11:32 PM

      Selig knew exactly what he was thinking: He publicly said he did not want a ‘Yankees of the West’, another team with deep resources spending money on free agents and raising their pricetags for everyone but the team that could afford them, the Yankees. Selig awarded the Red Sox to people with actual cash money to compete with NY, and threw McCourt the Dodgers knowing he could only buy a team on loans, therefore stopping a Yankees-West to emerge. In further corroboration of this fact, he publicly stopped McCourt from going after star free agent Vlad Guerrero in 2003, stating his pursuit of a guy who was going to get a huge payday violated McCourt’s purchase agreement, which came out in divorce court PROMISING Selig and the MLB that the Dodger payroll would be progressively reduced to a mediocre amount. Before the situation in court could be wrapped, McCourt two weeks ago met with MLB lawyers regarding his desire to keep the Dodgers, AND kowtow to their plan, for their support, possibly financial.

      SO: Bud is not a benign old fart who tries to referee. Bud is the go-to man for the owners to keep payroll down by suppressing spending by the Dodgers, among other teams also saddled with the kind of debt the MLB says they do not like—but intall, and allow.

      The Players Association should come out and make this claim, which is conspiracy and illegal, unless, like the terrible NFL Players union, they too are in tight with the owners, corrupt at the top. Just as the AFL-CIO worked quietly with the Bush adminstration to keep workers’ salaries stagnant, which is exactly how, in this highly profitable depression, they got to where they remain.

      SO: Selig is like the President with the nice smile and the happy talk who is screwing his audience behind their backs like a rapist.

  5. Brian Murphy - Jan 25, 2011 at 12:25 AM

    “I just hope that when they take over baseball teams they do the right thing and plow an insane amount of money into players, try to keep a lid on beer prices, make sure the team’s announcers aren’t awful and at least pretend to be happy when the team wins.”

    I don’t know about most of that stuff, but as long as Mr. Scully’s around, at least the announcers part will be safe.

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