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Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, Richest Man In L.A., Might Join In Dodgers Bid

Soon-Shiong purchased Magic Johnson's stake in the Lakers in '10
Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, the “richest man” in L.A., could “join the Dodgers sweepstakes soon -- not by bidding on his own, but by joining one of the groups already in the running to buy the team,” according to Bill Shaikin of the L.A. TIMES. Soon-Shiong has “met with several prospective bidders, and he had dinner recently with outgoing Dodgers owner Frank McCourt.” Soon-Shiong purchased Basketball HOFer Magic Johnson's ownership stake in the Lakers in '10. But his representative, Chuck Kenworthy, indicated that Soon-Shiong “has not committed to join with Johnson or any other bidder” (L.A. TIMES, 1/26). Meanwhile, in California, Howard Cole wrote under the header, “McCourt To Relinquish L.A.’s Most Hated Man Status.” The last two and a half years of McCourt’s ownership “have been a nightmare that not ... one among us could have predicted with any degree of accuracy.” But “what’s done is done, we’re on our way to bigger and better things, and there’s no reason to continue with the hate game.” Cole: “So you might as well start throwing out names for L.A.’s next most hated man” (OCREGISTER.com, 1/25).
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