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Disney family expected to bid for ownership of Dodgers

Jan 8, 2012, 12:27 PM EDT

File photo of a batting helmet reflecting the dugout of the Los Angeles Dodgers before game against Twins Reuters

The Disneys want back in to Major League Baseball.

According to Bill Shaikin of the LA Times, the family of the late Roy Disney, a nephew of Walt Disney, has formed a partnership with investment banker Stanley Gold in an effort to purchase the Dodgers from outgoing owner Frank McCourt.

They’ll be one of many high-profile groups in the running for the club, which could fetch a purchasing price of well over $1 billion. Other expected bidders include Magic Johnson, Joe Torre, Mark Cuban, Peter O’Malley and Steven Cohen.

The Walt Disney Co. owned the Angels in 2002 when that team beat the Giants in the World Series.

  1. rooney24 - Jan 8, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Come on, Cuban! I know that he can be abrasive at times, but he truly wants his team to win and would make things interesting.

    • Old Gator - Jan 8, 2012 at 6:12 PM

      Abrasion über stupid mouse ears. The Disneys gave us Britney Spears. For that, they must fail.

  2. crankyfrankie - Jan 8, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Wait Roy was the brother of Walt for starters. Also for clarifications sake is this Disney/Pixar company? Disney got out of the professional sports business after unloading the Angels and the Ducks why would they want to get back in? If the do get back in they have shown an ability to be the best at their core businesses.

    • paperlions - Jan 8, 2012 at 1:48 PM

      Walt’s brother, Roy, had a son named….oddly enough, Roy. Who died in 2009, and was Walt’s nephew.

    • Old Gator - Jan 8, 2012 at 10:49 PM

      Walt’s standard breakfast was a donut dunked in scotch. (For a guy who didn’t like Jewish people very much, that might have been his way of showing contempt for a bagel and cream cheese dunked in a wussy cup of coffee.) Whatever. I suppose that any family whose scion breakfasted on marinated donuts would be capable of passing along some pretty oddball chromosomes. Of course, if it’s true that Walt is lying in a Gibsonesque state of cryogenic suspension up in Tinkerbell’s caste (and if the Dwarfs haven’t been using his frozen head as a paperweight a la Ted Williams, or tapping his brainwaves a la Cold Lazarus), it might just be that the family needs to redevelop a dedicated income stream to cover the high cost of electricity in Californy.

      • protius - Jan 9, 2012 at 1:53 PM

        Gator, who are you really? Are you the ghost of Walter Winchell talking to us through some Ouija board connected to a desk top? Have you come here to inundate us with your awkward verbiage? Please stop, you’re hurting my eyes.

  3. birdman6824 - Jan 8, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Roy O. was Walt’s brother, this was his son, Roy E. he died in 2009 leaving a wife, an ex-wife, and 4 children(Wiki)

  4. crisisjunky - Jan 8, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    In visualizing 7th inning Mascot races, it’s painful to think of poor Rex stretching for the finish line.

    • goforthanddie - Jan 8, 2012 at 4:31 PM

      Buzz, Woody, Goofy, and Donald in a race to the death every night. I’d pay for that.

  5. goforthanddie - Jan 8, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Seems odd considering Disney already made a baseball movie, but whatever. At least cash won’t be a problem.

  6. jimatkins - Jan 8, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Remember- this isn’t the Walt Disney Company, owner of Pixar, ESPN, ABC and nearly everything else in the universe. This is the family and heirs of Roy Disney, Walt’s nephew. They are hooked up with some SERIOUS money named Stanley Gold. Judging by all the stories in the Times about the various groups in on the Dodgers, Frank McScum might actually break even on selling the team- lots of well-heeled, high profile bidding groups.

    • jimatkins - Jan 8, 2012 at 3:15 PM

      One other thing- anybody in on the Dodgers has to insist on the whole package. You’d be crazy to let Frank own your parking lots.

      • goforthanddie - Jan 8, 2012 at 4:29 PM

        I wouldn’t be surprised if they were doing it JUST to get the stadium and surrounding land. That’s certainly worth more than the team is at present.

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