The Los Angeles Dodgers have had a tumultuous past few years, last making a playoff appearance in 2009 when they advanced to the NLCS versus the Philadelphia Phillies. In 2010, they finished 80-82 and fourth in the NL West.
Coincidentally, 2010 was the year that Frank McCourt officially separated from his wife, Jamie McCourt. The proceedings from the McCourt fallout have taken a toll on Dodgertown, affecting both on- and off-the-field performances. Joe Torre left for greener pastures and current manager Don Mattingly has had his fair share of issues to deal with.
Although the Dodger faithful are in distress right now, the franchise is looking up. In an article published by ESPN, the team should be sold within a matter of months now, but who are the real contenders? Seven groups of bidders have established themselves as frontrunners for the new ownership (in no particular order):
1. St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke
2. Real-estate developer Alan Casden
3. New York Observer publisher, real-estate mogul and Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner
4. A group headed by Shamrock Holdings president and CEO Stanley Gold and the family of the late Roy Disney
5. A group headed by hedge-fund manager and SAC Capital Advisors founder Steven Cohen, which also includes longtime sports agent Arn Tellem
6. A group headed by former YES Network chairman and chief executive Leo Hindery and Colony Capital chairman Tom Barrack. (ESPN)."
And, of course, Magic Johnson and Guggenheim Partner's CEO, Mark Walters.
However, only one group is going to have sole ownership of the group come May. In order to decipher who has the best shot at taking ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers, each group will be ranked from worst to best based on the following criteria:
1. Availability of Funds
2. MLB's chance of approving the sale
3. Frank McCourt approving the sale
5. Loyalty to Los Angeles Dodgers franchise
Each criterion will be given an integer value from 1-10 (1 being lowest and 10 being highest), and the total will give us a clear idea of who has the best chance of becoming the new suit at the top of the Dodger ownership chain.