Since the 27th of March, much has changed around Dodgertown. Fans are beginning to think blue again, and Opening Day has yielded success. Magic Johnson, Mark Walter, Stan Kasten and Peter Guber will become household names in Los Angeles with a winning bid of $2.15 billion.
While this season might not yield immediate results, the new owners look to renegotiate their TV deal after 2013, a la Miami Marlins. Another possibility is the launch of their own Dodgers network, which "could translate into nearly $300 million in revenue annually before the network sells a single ad spot," the Wall Street Journal reports. And just as the Marlins were this past offseason, the Dodgers look to be buyers come this offseason.
While many current teams are locking up their big players, such as the Reds with Joey Votto and the San Francisco Giants with Matt Cain, several major free agents have yet to be signed to long-term contracts.
The Dodgers apparently narrowly missed signing Prince Fielder, but hopefully Magic and his group will do a better job outbidding other teams come the 2012-13 offseason.
The Dodgers have much to look forward to this season, and, as always, Opening Day brings new hopes. On paper, the Dodgers don't seem to have a playoff-caliber team, but with Clayton Kershaw and Matt Kemp leading the way, they could make a playoff push.
The following free agents after next offseason will hopefully be wearing Dodger Blue in 2013.
That could translate into nearly $300 million in revenue annually before the network sells a single ad spot.