SBD/January 13, 2011/Franchises

A's Owner Lew Wolff Denies Any Interest In Buying The Dodgers

In addition to denying interest in Dodgers, Wolff reiterated desire for new A's ballpark
A's Owner Lew Wolff "denied all speculation Wednesday that he has any interest in buying" the Dodgers, according to Joe Stiglich of the OAKLAND TRIBUNE. The idea was "floated Tuesday by ESPN national baseball writer Buster Olney" in a column addressing Frank McCourt's ownership of the Dodgers. While Olney noted that "it was pure speculation," the idea "was creating buzz." That the A's "felt compelled to issue a release denying the notion added fuel to the connect-the-dot fire." Wolff, attending the MLB owners' meetings in Arizona, said, "It actually came as a one thousand percent surprise to me. I don't even quite get it. I normally don't spend my time denying things, otherwise I'd be doing it constantly. But I wanted to make sure I didn't have any possible interference with what's going on with the Dodgers and (Major League Baseball). The other reason is so everyone knew my target is getting the new venue for the A's." Asked if he and other A's investors would consider selling the franchise if a new ballpark does not come to fruition, Wolff said, "There's no thought of that and no plans of that" (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 1/13). McCourt yesterday "did not stop to speak to reporters" at the owners' meetings. As he walked, however, he "addressed the question of whether he had the same concern that other owners have privately expressed about his ability to retain control of the Dodgers." McCourt said, "No, I don't" (, 1/12).
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