Mike Ozanian of Forbes brings the potentially awesome news that the Los Angeles Dodgers ownership bidders want the parking lots as part of the deal.
The five remaining groups bidding for Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers want the roughly 130 acres of land Dodger Stadium’s parking lots sit on to be included with their current offers for the team. The current bids for the Dodgers range from $1.3 billion to $1.6 billion.
According to a high-ranking baseball executive familiar with the bids who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the potential owners do not simply want the right to lease the parking lots at Dodger Stadium from team owner Frank McCourt, they want outright ownership of the land. The Dodgers would not comment but in the past have said on several occasions that the parking lots were not part of the auction.
Talk about an outstanding turn of events.
I hope the executive in question is correct, as this report is in contrast to everything that has been speculated before.
To us fans, it represents a major issue.
Regardless of which group wins the bid, I think not having any association left with Frank McCourt will get fans back into the stadium, just on the basis that we (the fans) would be totally done with that scumbag.
Dodger fans get criticized a lot for a lot of dumb stuff, but we can always be relied on to show up in droves unless your ownership gets boycotted by fans, so cutting ties with the man who somehow managed to make fans angry enough to not show up is probably the best move going forward.