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Saturday, March 24, 2012
And Then There Were Three
Now that I'm in Arizona for my annual Spring Training fix (and does it really merit capitalization?), the Dodgers sale is down to three groups:
The three finalists include a group led by hedge-fund billionaire Steven Cohen and Los Angeles billionaire and philanthropist Patrick Soon-Shiong; a group led by Magic Johnson and veteran baseball executive Stan Kasten; and St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke.It's weird how little I find myself caring about who wins the team, which is probably by itself bad, because it means McCourt has thoroughly destroyed my ability for rational thought when it comes to the Dodgers. After all, the last thing we need is another replay of the McCourt era, or to bring in (using an example of worst-case scenarios from other sports) a Donald Sterling sort of ownership. It's an enervation that seems to be going around in the Dodger blogosphere, albeit with Jon for entirely different reasons.
The most disheartening thing about the looming sale is that, from what I've read, everyone is willing to let McCourt keep the parking lots...meaning that not only will he find himself suddenly rich, even after paying off Jamie, but he'll continue to earn a steady income from the Dodgers. It's sickening, IMHO, and a major reason why I'll continue to stay away from Chavez Ravine, even though it's a good 35 minutes closer to my home than the Big A.