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SBD/January 25, 2012/Franchises
As McCourt Sifts Through 20 Bids, Former Investor Says It Was A "Mistake" To Sell To Him
Published January 25, 2012
FORMER INVESTOR SPEAKS: In L.A., T.J. Simers notes former Dodgers Managing Partner Bob Daly "joined Fox in selling the Dodgers" to McCourt. Daly said, "We made a horrible mistake. We didn't realize what a bad guy he was." He added, "When we were going through the process of selling the team, McCourt seemed like an OK guy. I sat down with him and told him people here were under contract, but they've been like a family and so if he wanted to make changes, do so with respect. As everyone knows he didn't, so I told him off. ... He did some good things, but inherently he was not a nice guy. He put himself before the Dodgers, and this is a team owned by the fans and the city of Los Angeles." Daly said he has "zero desire" to join a group to purchase the Dodgers. He said, "At the right price it's a good investment. I can see over a billion, but that's if everything is included. ... Here's the test to see if we get a smart or stupid owner. If you make a deal and allow McCourt to keep the land and parking lots, you are out of your mind. At some point you are going to have to rip down Dodger Stadium and move it downtown. You don't want to deal with someone else owning the land" (L.A. TIMES, 1/25).
MCCOURT'S LEGACY: ESPN.com's Buster Olney wrote McCourt "will be remembered as the Richard Nixon of baseball owners, as someone who inexplicably squandered enormous opportunity and went out the door in shame." Olney: "But here's the thing -- only because the team was run into the ground, so deeply that it went into bankruptcy, is McCourt now in position to operate the sale of the franchise mostly out of the control of Major League Baseball. Only because the team was run into the ground is McCourt now in position to sell the Dodgers for more than a billion dollars more than he paid for it" (ESPN.com, 1/24).