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SBD/January 30, 2012/Franchises
Mark Cuban, Dennis Gilbert Among Those Eliminated From Dodgers Bidding
Published January 30, 2012
THE DEVIL YOU KNOW... In L.A., T.J. Simers noted the Dodgers' new owner "will not be selected because he considers the team a local treasure." It will not "matter if he's a good guy, makes himself available to the fans like [Angels Owner] Arte Moreno or treats the Dodgers like just another investment in his portfolio." Simers: "With the second round of bidding underway, I was wondering if anyone besides [outgoing Owner Frank] McCourt is really assured of being better off with such a change. ... Change is difficult. This one will certainly involve higher ticket prices as [McCourt] has lowered them for this season and the new guy will be paying more than $1 billion to please McCourt." The payroll and stadium "are going to need an upgrade," and just because the new owner "isn't McCourt doesn't mean he's not going to eventually hit Dodgers fans with the bill." Simers: "Do you think the new owner is going to maintain the status quo? Let me help you: No! No one is going to be safe" (L.A. TIMES, 1/29).