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Billionaire who once proposed tearing down Dodger Stadium now bidding on the Dodgers

Jan 12, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

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Just about every day a new bidder on the Dodgers is revealed.  Most of them are billionaires you’ve never heard of.  Then some familiar names surface:

… with its legal hostilities against the Dodgers ceased, Fox would like to buy back part of the team … Fox does not want to run the Dodgers again but the company wants to secure the team’s long-term television rights, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Fox has reached out to prospective bidders to indicate its interest in acquiring a minority share of the club — essentially offering to pay part of the Dodgers’ purchase price so as to lock up the TV rights, the person said.

That’s just a matter of math. If it’s going to cost several billion to secure TV rights for the Dodgers — which it will — why not pay way less than that to get a minority stake in the team and thus, presumably, far more favorable pricing on the TV side?

Also identified as a bidder in that article: billionaire Alan Casden.  Hopefully his thoughts about the Dodgers and the place they play have changed since the last time he was reported to be interested in buying the team:

In 2003, Casden proposed buying the Dodgers, moving them to a new downtown ballpark and tearing down Dodger Stadium to build housing on the site. “They knock down stadiums all the time,” Casden told The Times then. “Dodger Stadium is not an antique. It’s not Frank Lloyd Wright. It’s a nice place to play baseball, but there are far better.”

Yeah, let’s just give him a pass, OK?

 

  1. cur68 - Jan 12, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    Casden should just buy McCourt and knock him down. Do us all a favor.

  2. pmcenroe - Jan 12, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    I haven’t made it to Chavez Ravine yet but can anyone on here speak to how Dodger Stadium rates in comparison to the more modern ballparks for the fan experience? I don’t recall it being renovated recently and I’m guessing there aren’t plans to do so in the near future (like Wrigley). thanks

    • bloodysock - Jan 12, 2012 at 2:48 PM

      Dodger Stadium is the 3rd oldest park in MLB after Fenway and Wrigley.

      The seats were replaced after the 2005 season but other than some upgrades to the scoreboard, I don’t think there have been any major renovations (several were proposed but I’m not aware of them getting completed).

    • andrebeingandre16 - Jan 12, 2012 at 3:15 PM

      As a Dodger fan I love it. That being said when I go to other parks there are things I see that I wish Dodger stadium had. The concession lines are awful and many of the restrooms outside the field level are pretty small and poorly lit. But you cant beat the 75 degree weather and the beautiful views of the palm trees, mountains, and downtown LA.

    • spudatx - Jan 12, 2012 at 5:04 PM

      There are many charming things about Dodger Stadium, but it has struggled to update the facilities to keep step with new ballparks that offer so much more in the way of the total fan experience. All of the seating I have ever tried has good lines of sight to most all of the on-field action and the foot traffic seems to move reasonably well, though lines get long whether you are trying to “fill the tank” or to “empty the tank”.

      All that said, it’s difficult to go to a game in a modern park like the one in San Diego and find any reason to think Dodger Stadium is superior in any way.

  3. Mark Boland Jr - Jan 12, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    More baseball talk and news at DailyGrindSports.com http://dailygrindsports.com/2012/01/10/daily-grind-11012/

    • CJ - Jan 12, 2012 at 3:23 PM

      pretty douchie to promote your own garbage on some else’s blog w/o consent.

      • CJ - Jan 12, 2012 at 3:24 PM

        in seemlingly every freaking post, smh.

      • paperlions - Jan 12, 2012 at 3:31 PM

        Yeah, that grinds my gears.

    • ptfu - Jan 12, 2012 at 3:57 PM

      Doesn’t this violate the Terms of Service? Isn’t it time for a warning or the banhammer?

  4. paperlions - Jan 12, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Why in the world would a new owner want to give away (or sell at a discount) the long-term TV rights? That is the gold-mine aspect of owning a baseball team…any new owner that doesn’t have plans to start his own RSN is just short-changing himself/herself.

  5. muckthefets23 - Jan 12, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    Yea that is a dick move, go peddle your BS elsewhere ass clown.

  6. hackerjay - Jan 12, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Now that Shea Stadium has been torn down, I’d have to say that Dodger’s Stadium is the worse one of any of the MLB parks I’ve been to, which is about half of them. It’s a nightmare to get into and out of the parking lot, it’s dirty, the food is mediocre, and the clientele leaves a lot to be desired. And I say all of these things while living about five miles from the Oakland Coliseum!

  7. sjsharksfan11 - Jan 12, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    Mind you this is coming from a Giants fan….Dodger stadium is a great place for people interested on the game itself. Ballparks now are becoming tourist attraction funhouses not centered around baseball. The amenities etc in the modern parks serves to people who don’t care about baseball but rather having a good social outing. Dodger stadium has one focus and that’s baseball. Nothing much to it other than seats, scoreboard, old time baseball tunes, and a-hole fans. It’s a baseball park and something the game is straying away from. Dodger stadium is a classic.

    • Jeff M. - Jan 13, 2012 at 3:46 AM

      Well said, my friend.

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