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SBD/February 24, 2012/Franchises
Rick Caruso, Joe Torre Withdraw Dodgers Bid After Learning Parking Lots Not Included
Published February 24, 2012
NO CLEAN BREAK: ESPN.com’s Ramona Shelburne wrote Caruso and Torre “just reminded everyone of how dangerous it is to underestimate McCourt's avarice.” The “specter of a new ownership group that is in any way beholden or in business with McCourt is chilling.” With his “penchant for litigation and troublesome history with major league baseball and the city's fanbase, McCourt isn't a guy any good businessman would want to be in business with.” It has “always been assumed that the parking lots were negotiable,” and that is “still the assumption among many of the remaining groups.” A source said that there “haven't been serious negotiations for the parking lots yet.” Even if Caruso and Torre’s bid “wasn't going to be competitive,” the issue raised by Caruso's letter to MLB “is valid and no less troubling: There might not be a clean break from McCourt after all” (ESPN.com, 2/23).