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Dodgers bid deadline pushed back

Jan 4, 2012, 9:51 AM EDT

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If you had planned on spending a billion bucks but didn’t have time to get the paperwork together until after January 13, don’t worry: you have ten more days to put a bid in on the Dodgers:

The Dodgers have extended the deadline by which prospective buyers must submit their opening bids for the team. Bids now are due Jan. 23. The deadline was delayed 10 days to accommodate the “substantial interest of potential bidders,” Dodgers spokesman Robert Siegfried said.

If they were that interested you’d think they’d make a point to hit the deadline, but what do I know? Despite Siegfried’s denial, it seems quite plausible that the delay is to see what happens with the litigation going on right now over whether Frank McCourt can sell the Dodgers’ media rights off with the team or if the new owners have to wait until the Fox deal expires. There’s a hearing on that on January 12. I haven’t written much about that because it’s really boring, by the way. All I care about when it comes to the Dodgers and TV is whether Vin Scully is broadcasting the game.

As of now the deadline for McCourt to pick a winner is still April 1 and the deadline for the sale to be finalized is still April 30.  Hold tight until then, Dodgers fans.

  1. sdelmonte - Jan 4, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Related to this, ESPN-LA is saying Joe Torre quit his job with MLB as he’s part of a group making a bid.

  2. jwbiii - Jan 4, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    The decision based on the January 12 television rights hearing will effect the value of the Dodgers. Pretty tough to make a bid before that happens.

  3. Gardenhire's Cat - Jan 4, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Well I was gonna place a bid, but then found out that–although the stadium is included–the parking lot is sold separately. Thanks Frank!

  4. dodger88 - Jan 4, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Good, it is taking me much longer than expected to roll pennies for my bid.

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