The Los Angeles Dodgers are one of the marquee franchises in Major League Baseball, and the troubled tenure of the McCourt ownership regime has led to the team’s presence on the auction block. According to the Los Angeles Times, the Disney family may enter into the fray.
Stanley Gold, longtime advisor to the late Roy Disney, is reported to be looking into a partnership with Roy Disney’s heirs and others in an effort to win the ownership of the team.
LAT calls the roster of potential bidders “star-studded,” with Magic Johnson, Joe Torre and Mark Cuban among the familiar names looking to join the Dodgers in the bright lights of the aforementioned marquee.
Walt Disney Company had a stake in the crosstown American League Angels franchise several years back, but the Dodger talks involve only members of the family, not the media empire.
The team is expected to draw as much as $1.6B from the top bidder, at least in the mind of current owner Frank McCourt.
Fox has been going through various machinations to try to lock down broadcast rights to the team, against the objections of Major League Baseball among others, but has indicated it has no interest in owning the team.