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Mark Cuban says he’s interested in buying Dodgers

Jun 21, 2011, 7:03 PM EDT

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A week after his Dallas Mavericks won the NBA Finals, Mark Cuban told TMZ that he’d have interest in the Dodgers, in theory anyway.

“If the deal’s right and they’re fixable, then, yeah, I’m very interested,” he said.

As for whether the deal is right, Cuban doesn’t seem optimistic, noting just how much of a mess the team’s business side is right now.

It remains an unlikely match anyway, given that MLB has never displayed any interest in having Cuban join its ranks.

For the full three-minute interview, head over to TMZ.com.

  1. stoankold - Jun 21, 2011 at 7:21 PM

    MLB could use a pot stirring owner like Cuban. It’s short sighted to keep him out simply because he’s “loud”.

    • florida727 - Jun 22, 2011 at 7:28 AM

      “It remains an unlikely match anyway, given that MLB has never displayed any interest in having Cuban join its ranks.”
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      “stoankold” is right. This is to MLB’s detriment NOT to welcome an owner like Cuban. The Mavs title proves he knows how to build a winner on the field, and his business acumen proves he knows how to make a franchise fiscally profitable off the field. So, MLB, where’s the downside? Unfortunately, the McCourts screwed the Dodgers up so badly, Cuban probably wouldn’t want them, even as desperately as he’d love to be in baseball.

  2. stankfinger - Jun 21, 2011 at 7:29 PM

    Say what you will about him, but he actually CARES about the on-field/court product. He’s exactly what MLB and the Dodgers need. Of course for this reason he’ll never be considered. Can’t have anyone disrupt the status quo.

  3. aceshigh11 - Jun 21, 2011 at 7:31 PM

    Well, why not?

    At least he has the money! He may be an eccentric crank, but so what? Does the name “Steinbrenner” ring a bell?

    Cuban brought the Mavericks from a laughingstock to a world champion in a decade. That’s a pretty admirable track record.

  4. Utley's Hair - Jun 21, 2011 at 7:33 PM

    Speaking of Mark Cuban, where the hell is BC? For that matter, where’s heyblueyoustink? Damn…posters on here seem to be dropping like fly balls.

    • cur68 - Jun 21, 2011 at 8:07 PM

      Hadn’t noticed heyblue was missing. BC has been incommunicado since last month, though. I hope he’s just having a HELL of a vacation.

  5. SmackSaw - Jun 21, 2011 at 7:44 PM

    He wants to be “Hollywood” so bad. No MLB franchise is more Hollywood. Nothing would stop him from making the Dodgers the N.L. version of the Yankees. That’s exactly what Selig and MLB doesn’t want.

    • yankeesfanlen - Jun 21, 2011 at 8:50 PM

      Um, the Dodgers WERE the Yankees of the NL, seems like we have a double negative here.

  6. tinker61 - Jun 21, 2011 at 9:17 PM

    Bud Selig doesn’t want Cuban for several reasons. First one being, he’d be all over Selig about MLB not have a floor amount that teams have to spend on product instead of just pocketing the money from the venues contributing to the coffers of MLB. Plus, most owners don’t want him for this very reason.

  7. essfjay - Jun 21, 2011 at 9:34 PM

    this sounds to good to be true. honestly anybody is better than the McCourt family at this point. however Cuban would turn this franchise back on the right track he loves winning & will do whatever it takes to win a title thats every Dodgers fans dream.

  8. Justin - Jun 21, 2011 at 9:55 PM

    I saw him on Jimmy Kimmel and he talked about when he was interested in buying the Cubs. I guess he got annoyed that he had to kiss the asses of owners in order to pay however million to by the team. Said if he is paying millions someone should be kissing his ass. Was kind of funny.

    At least he would be able to pay the bills. Can’t say that about current management.

  9. cur68 - Jun 21, 2011 at 11:01 PM

    I love the idea of Cuban as an owner. I do believe we’d see the first manager ejected by an umpire for arguing followed by an owner ejected for arguing if he was ever allowed in the ’30-Club’.

    He’d care about fielding a winner and would in general be entertaining in interviews when Bob Davidson or Cowboy Joe West screws over his team. The guy has unlimited upside as an owner in terms of a good team, and quality management, but is far to vocal, passionate, and interested in the sport itself to ever be let in the door by the greedy, bloodless, stodgy old farts of The 30.

    • raysfan1 - Jun 21, 2011 at 11:57 PM

      you forgot to add “in-bred”

  10. Walk - Jun 22, 2011 at 1:20 AM

    If the dodgers are as bad off as the media stories keep saying then this is a no brainer. Let cuban buy in, he will fix the finances in short order as well as most likey start his own network on the air, rsn or what have you, not selling the teams fuure for a short term fox loan. Mlb should be begging cuban to buy in not the other way around.

  11. goforthanddie - Jun 22, 2011 at 3:03 AM

    If MLB had brains, they’d go to Cuban and beg him to buy. That’s why he won’t get it.

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