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MLB approves Dodgers’ three bidders; auction set for next week

Mar 27, 2012, 7:04 PM EDT

Frank McCourt , Matt Kemp AP

MLB owners unananimously approved the three remaining bidders for the Dodgers on Tuesday, clearing the way for a private auction to take place next Wednesday.

Expectations are that Frank McCourt and his advisers will negotiate with the three bidders in the days leading up to the auction.

The three bidders left are Steve Cohen (whose group includes agent Arn Tellem), Stan Kroenke (who owns the St. Louis Rams and is a majority shareholder in Arsenal) and Mark Walter (whose group includes Magic Johnson and former Braves president Stan Kasten).

Each of the current bids is in the $1.4 billion to $1.6 billion range, but those amounts include the parking lots surrounding Dodger Stadium, which McCourt has said are not for sale.

  1. deathmonkey41 - Mar 27, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    I’m hoping that Stan Kroenke is not the winning bidder. Even though I started following the Rams when they were in L.A., I want them to stay in St. Louis and if he loses the bid, the chances he’ll move the Rams is low.

  2. segagenesiss - Mar 27, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    I hope Magics team wins, he can turn that team around

    • deathmonkey41 - Mar 28, 2012 at 9:07 AM

      I dunno- did you ever watch his talk show?

  3. lostsok - Mar 27, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    How can you NOT root for Magic. His ties to the community are such that for the first time in well over a decade the Dodgers will be a team that genuinely cares about its fans.

  4. jjschiller - Mar 27, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    Looking at that photo, I cant shake the feeling that beast mode doesn’t care.

  5. cup0pizza - Mar 28, 2012 at 3:06 AM

    I hope to never see another photo of McCourt anywhere near Kemp ever again.

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