ESPN – Owner Frank McCourt reached an agreement with Major League Baseball on Tuesday night to sell the Los Angeles Dodgers, along with Dodger Stadium and the surrounding real estate, a decision that brings to end not only a six-month legal battle with baseball commissioner Bud Selig but also a 7½-year ownership that was simply never embraced by the team’s fan base.
A joint statement said there will be a “court-supervised process” to sell the team and its media rights to maximize value for the Dodgers and McCourt. The Blackstone Group LP will manage the sale.
The announcement comes as the Dodgers and MLB were headed toward a showdown in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware at the end of the month as mediation between both sides was ongoing…
It’s about freakin’ time. Frank McCourt was a delusional egomaniac that was bad for baseball and horrible for the Dodgers. Can you prove he’s not actually the devil? I can’t. Regardless of your fanhood, getting this jerk out of baseball is good for all fans. I just love the list of names coming out of the woodwork as possible buyers for the team. Big names up front with big money backing their groups: Magic Johnson, Oscar De La Hoya, Steve Garvey and Orel Hershiser. Then, of course, there’s Mark Cuban. That’s who every Dodgers fan should hope buys the team. You know how I love to quote myself: “you’re an idiot if you don’t want a cigar smoking, t-shirt wearing, schmoozing, savvy, playboy billionaire to own your local sports franchise.” He brought a championship to Dallas and he can do the same for LA. Whoever gets the team… 4 names need to be on top of their to-do list: Matt Kemp, Clayton Kershaw, Vin Scully, and Tommy Lasorda. The rest will just work itself out.
[side note: my microsoft paint skills have been on-point lately]