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Disney back in the Dodgers business thanks to mediator

Mar 19, 2012, 6:13 PM EDT

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A bid made by Stanley Gold and the family of the late Roy Disney for the Dodgers was rejected by MLB last week as the suitors were trimmed from eight to four, but a mediator today reinstated the bid, leaving five parties in contention for the team.

Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times has the report.

The Disney bid was initially rejected because it “included private equity financing to back the launch of a regional sports network.”

According to Shaikin’s report:

MLB rejected four bidders presented by Frank McCourt, the Dodgers’ outgoing owner. The court-appointed mediator, Joseph Farnan, a retired federal judge, upheld the MLB dismissal of Beverly Hills developer Alan Casden and overturned the rejection of Gold.

The two other bidders declined by MLB chose not to appeal to the mediator.

The restoration of the Disney bid might not make much of a difference, since the same group of MLB owners that just rejected the bid will be voting again this week. Once that vote takes place, the approved bidders will be able to negotiate directly with McCourt the terms of a sale.

  1. coloradothistle - Mar 19, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    They can use their profits from John Carter to up the ante.

  2. addict2sport - Mar 20, 2012 at 1:31 AM

    I wouldn’t bid on jack as long as McCourt is keeping parking lot. Then again I have nowhere near a billion in my bank so who cares what I’d do!

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