When the news that that a coalition of investors led by former L.A. Marathon owner Bill Burke had made a $1.2 billion offer for the Los Angeles Dodgers, many fans started to celebrate. Perhaps the dark times for this once proud organization were finally coming to an end.
When I heard about the proposed offer I thought of the song by the Steve Miller Band, "Take the Money and Run." That is exactly what I was hoping he would do.
However soon after the proposed offer was made public the L.A. Times reported that the offer was being received with skepticism within Major League Baseball.
The report that the MLB isn’t taking the offer seriously is only one reason why the sale may not happen.
First, Frank McCourt has stated many times that he has no interest in selling the team, and that he expects to be the owner of the Dodgers after the whole bankruptcy situation is resolved.
You also have the issue of Frank McCourt’s ego. I’m not sure his ego would let him sell the team, even if it would be in his best interest to do so.
There is also the problem of Jamie McCourt. She is still fighting to keep co-ownership of the Dodgers, and we still are not sure how that will play out in the courts.
When you consider the whole bankruptcy issue, MLB’s skepticism on the offer, Frank McCourt’s ego and his desire to keep control of the Dodgers, and Jamie McCourt’s continuing fight for some ownership of the team, there isn’t much hope that a sale is imminent.
No Dodgers fans, this nightmare isn't over yet, and probably will not be until sometime next year, if we are lucky.