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Kroenke passed over as potential Dodgers owner

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The Dodgers will be sold, but not to the man who owns the St. Louis Rams.

The MLB franchise that plays in L.A. will be sold to a group led by Lakers legend Magic Johnson.

“A deal has been consummated between the Dodgers and Magic Johnson’s bidding group for the Dodgers and Dodger Stadium,” Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports in an item posted on the Dodgers’ website.  “Johnson’s group includes former baseball executive Stan Kasten and Guggenheim Partners.”

It’s not over ’til it’s over (that’s one of the few things I learned from watching baseball), which means that the deal could, in theory, fall through.  The other finalist, in addition to Rams owner Stan Kroenke, was a group led by billionaire hedge fund manager Steve Cohen.

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37 Responses to “Kroenke passed over as potential Dodgers owner”
  1. suckmyhawk says: Mar 27, 2012 11:32 PM

    Who cares?!

  2. stlrams908 says: Mar 27, 2012 11:34 PM

    Yes!!!!!!! Now hopefully rams stay put….

  3. vols84 says: Mar 27, 2012 11:38 PM

    Move the rams. STL doesn’t need football

  4. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Mar 27, 2012 11:39 PM

    Love the pic! I know Lasorda managed LA, but when did Erik Estrada play for the Dodgers?

  5. lostsok says: Mar 27, 2012 11:39 PM

    This is good news for both LA and StL. Good for LA in that Magic was the dream owner all the fans have been wanting, and good for StL for obvious reasons.

    Unbelievabley wonderful news for Dodger fans…

  6. lbraiders says: Mar 27, 2012 11:39 PM

    I hope the Rams stayed put they suck raider nation baby

  7. InFact says: Mar 27, 2012 11:45 PM

    Thanks, Mike. Grave-diggers shift, you working at 11:30 pm

  8. fcoprado says: Mar 27, 2012 11:47 PM

    Thats not Erick Estrada,thats Fernando Valenzuela you moron.

  9. zillabeast says: Mar 27, 2012 11:54 PM

    Why do I find it so cute when a Rams fan drops in to say hi lol

  10. 6250claimer says: Mar 27, 2012 11:55 PM

    Thank goodness this is almost over. McCourt and his gold digger wife ran this storied franchise into the ground. Thankfully it shouldn’t take long to restore the franchise to its former glory, under competent ownership.

    I hope McCourt’s wife takes him for every penny she has, then marries Tommy Lasagna and has Erik Estrada’s love child, before losing the entire fortune to Steve Wynn in an all-night Baccarat bloodbath.

  11. maxvv says: Mar 27, 2012 11:58 PM

    I’d rather watch an hour-long live feed of an NFL player adjusting his pads than five minutes of a baseball game.

  12. emperorzero says: Mar 27, 2012 11:59 PM

    As a Dodgers, Rams and Avalanche fan, I was terrified Wal-Mart would own three of my favorite teams.

  13. mizzouram says: Mar 28, 2012 12:06 AM

    This has nothing to do with the Rams. Can we please stop talking about it now?

  14. rollteal says: Mar 28, 2012 12:08 AM

    Oh gee that’s a shame.

  15. bd5555 says: Mar 28, 2012 12:10 AM

    Bring the Dodgers back to Brooklyn!

    Keep the Rams in St. Louis!

  16. satanphoenix says: Mar 28, 2012 12:14 AM

    It would make more sense for the Lambs to be in LA than St Louis as far as being in the NFC West.

  17. nickp91 says: Mar 28, 2012 12:17 AM

    Stan Kroenke isn’t gonna get the Dodgers. Thank God

  18. jacobslatter says: Mar 28, 2012 12:17 AM

    I hope Earvin consulted Cookie about this endeavor.

  19. rogerbrad says: Mar 28, 2012 12:44 AM

    WHY are we talking baseball here???????????

  20. kane337 says: Mar 28, 2012 12:56 AM

    Sux. I would have liked to see the Rams move to L.A.

  21. billsfansam says: Mar 28, 2012 12:59 AM

    andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Mar 27, 2012 11:39 PM

    Love the pic! I know Lasorda managed LA, but when did Erik Estrada play for the Dodgers?
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    I guess Fernando will take that as a compliment, except Estrada is Puerto Rican and Fernando is Mexican. (sigh)

    Congrats to Magic Johnson on buying the Dodgers, sadly they failed to get the parking lots from McCourt. I wont be going to any Dodger home games if it means putting even 1 dime in McCourts’ pockets.

    Not quite a grand slam, Magic.

  22. Max says: Mar 28, 2012 1:03 AM

    The city of St. Louis breathes a sigh of relief! If he bought the Dodgers, 100% the Rams would be moved to LA within 5 years.

  23. boodog4849 says: Mar 28, 2012 1:04 AM

    rams and raiders both suck-

  24. 49erdynasty says: Mar 28, 2012 1:11 AM

    $2 Billion for the Dodgers? Magic is out of his mind. In the Forbes 2012 Baseball team valuations even the Yankees weren’t worth $2 bills.

  25. sasattack says: Mar 28, 2012 1:14 AM

    I’m not saying they couldn’t speed up the baseball games, but the game within the game is very intriguing to those who grew up playing it. It doesn’t appeal to those in today’s world that have the attention span of a fruit fly. It’s a thinking man’s game.

  26. thepatriotsaregay says: Mar 28, 2012 1:36 AM

    St. Louis sucks and doesn’t deserve the Rams. One of the worst fanbases in the league as far as passion is concerned. The Cardinals will ALWAYS be #1 in STL

  27. i10east says: Mar 28, 2012 1:42 AM

    I’m surprised that the propaganda machine didn’t tag my Jags with this story, because we all know that the Rams are going to LA, and the Jags are going to STL……..yeah right. A pat on the back PFT, one step in the right direction with an accurate report.

  28. upperdecker19 says: Mar 28, 2012 1:44 AM

    Kasten wouldn’t give McCourt ownership to the parking lots and surrounding land that he wanted to build a stadium on. Wasn’t even worth wasting time on making the bid. As everyone out here knew McCourt wasn’t fully going away.

  29. yahmule says: Mar 28, 2012 1:53 AM

    Poor Stan, hopefully the compulsive franchise hoarder can find another sports team to sink with a non-competitive payroll structure.

    Congratulations to Magic Johnson, Stan Kasten and the rest of their ownership group.

  30. 4thquartermagic says: Mar 28, 2012 2:01 AM

    Cant believe how insensitive some of the posters here are.

    Can we please respect that fact that Stan Kroenke is going through a difficult time right now?

    Poor guy only has billions of dollars, a pro hockey team, pro basketball team (which he “gave” to his son), pro football team, and a european soccer team.

    Don’t worry Stan, you’ll land on your feet soon enough.

  31. satanphoenix says: Mar 28, 2012 2:05 AM

    That is not Erik Estrada but it is Dodger Great Fernando Valenzuela. One of the few Pitchers to win a game single handedly 1-0 with a home run. They declined to give #34 to Manny Ramirez when it was his second choice since his first choice #24 was retired for Walter Alston.

  32. rickastleydancemoves says: Mar 28, 2012 2:06 AM

    But I’m wondering what f*** this has to do with football?

  33. db105 says: Mar 28, 2012 6:31 AM

    Viva Los Doyers!

  34. spellingcops says: Mar 28, 2012 8:33 AM

    lbraiders says: Mar 27, 2012 11:39 PM

    I hope the Rams stayed put they suck raider nation baby
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    Commitment to excrement. Just draft track stars baby.

  35. mizzouram says: Mar 28, 2012 9:28 AM

    thepatriotsaregay says:
    Mar 28, 2012 1:36 AM
    St. Louis sucks and doesn’t deserve the Rams. One of the worst fanbases in the league as far as passion is concerned. The Cardinals will ALWAYS be #1 in STL

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    You obviously have no clue what you are talking about. The Cards have been here 100+ years with 11 World Titles. Comparing that to a fanbase thats 17 years old and has had to endure the worst football over the past 5 year years than any team in the league, is moronic.

  36. boswivel says: Mar 28, 2012 9:59 AM

    I don’t know why Kroenke aspires to such great things when he sucks at everything he does.

  37. patfic15 says: Mar 28, 2012 10:39 AM

    Eric Estrada > Fernando V.

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