According to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, Frank McCourt has agreed to sell the Los Angeles Dodgers. He has gone through a tumultuous two years as he has tried to keep the team, but he has finally decided that he will relinquish control.
McCourt had the team file for bankruptcy and was accused of looting almost $200 million from the team for his own personal use.
The Dodgers franchise will almost certainly be better off with a new owner. There will be a number of interested parties looking to buy the franchise, and the following people are some of the top candidates.
It seems that almost every time a baseball franchise has gone up for sale over the past few years, Mark Cuban's name has been linked to the team. He made failed attempts to buy the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers, but that should not stop Cuban from bidding on the Dodgers.
The team would be in great hands with Cuban. He is an entertainer and a public figure, something that fits in very well in Los Angeles. He has proved with the Dallas Mavericks that he is willing to spend the money it takes to win a title.
If there is one person interested in buying the Los Angeles Dodgers that knows the ins and outs of working with and negotiating with players, it is Dennis Gilbert. He was once a high-powered player agent and knows how that side of the game works.
It has also been said that Gilbert understands the management side of baseball well. He now works in estate planning and is a huge Dodgers fan. Gilbert is one of the more popular choices for the job.
Another name that has been connected to the Los Angeles Dodgers is Ron Burkle. He is a California native, born in Pomona, and he is one of the part owners of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Burkle has obviously seen the Penguins compete at a high level, and he would expect the same if he bought the Dodgers. It was even mentioned by the Los Angeles Times that Jamie McCourt was trying to pair with Burkle to buy out her husband's stake in the team. Now, Burkle might make the purchase on his own.
Alan Casden has already attempted to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers, but he lost out to Frank McCourt. There is certainly a possibility that Casden would be interested in the team once again when it comes up for sale.
Casden has big dreams for the team, as he would plan on building them a new stadium in downtown L.A. He might not be the best choice for the Dodgers, but Casden would certainly be a good fit.
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