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Dodgers Hire Steve Soboroff As Vice Chair To Improve Fan Experience At Ballpark
Published April 20, 2011
POSITIVE FIRST IMPRESSION: In L.A., Steve Dilbeck noted Soboroff becomes the "seventh current club executive to report directly to McCourt." Soboroff "comes off just like someone who has spent a large portion of their lives in politics would." He is "smooth, bold, unafraid of a little self-promotion and vague when the questions became pointed," and "meeting with reporters in the Dodgers dugout during batting practice, he was Mr. Positive to the max." Soboroff said that he "has seen the Dodgers' financial statements and is convinced McCourt will be able to continue to own the team." Soboroff: "To me that is a non-issue. I can read a balance sheet and I can read an income statement. ... Frank McCourt is financially fine" (LATIMES.com, 4/19).
CLEARING THE AIR: The L.A. TIMES' Dilbeck noted there is an investigation by the California attorney general's office "into more than $400,000 paid to Howard Sunkin" from the Dodgers Dream Foundation, but the team yesterday said that "as a first step they have repaid the salary" to the charity. Sunkin's salary "accounted for one-fourth of the foundation's nearly" $1.6M budget in '07. Sunkin now serves as Dodgers Senior VP/Public Affairs, a position that "would seemingly overlap" with Soboroff's (LATIMES.com, 4/19).