After some drama, door officially closes on Kroenke buying Dodgers

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Last month, when the Dodgers announced that the team would be sold to someone other than Rams owner Stan Kroenke, I used the occasion to pay homage to a great baseball player who had a penchant for saying unintentionally brilliant things.

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,” I said, not seriously thinking that the agreement to sell the team to a group led by Magic Johnson and financed by an entity known as “Guggenheim” would collapse.

As it turns out, it could.

Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal reports that there is “[u]nfolding drama,” as Major League Baseball wants to delay the approval of the sale.  Per Kaplan, the league “has never been comfortable” with this specific deal, which entails payment of more than $2.1 billion for the team and other stuff.

Stay tuned.  Kroenke could still end up being in play.

UPDATE 8:51 p.m. ET:  Well, that was quick.  Eric Fisher of SBJ reports that the sale has been approved.

18 responses to “After some drama, door officially closes on Kroenke buying Dodgers

  1. I like how the NFL just lets him cheat and bend the owning teams in different city rules. Rules are rules, unless we just don’t care. Nice they are holding up to their own standards they Bragg about all three time to their players.

  2. At least he doesn’t look as creepy as Payton or Vitt. Something wrong there…
    Yeah there is something wrong with the deal. It’s too much money! I have the feeling Magic is being used and is too stupid to know it.

    Won’t surprise me if it falls through and I hope it does because McCourt was gonna get too much money for being a jerk…………

  3. I think this conjecture is a real long shot – planted by Kroenke? Seriously doubt after all the “vetting” and prior negative pub – MLB would so seriously screw up.

  4. I still can’t figure out why I should care? I thought this place was for NFL (or at least football) news?

  5. Is my reading comprehension that bad or have I had too many cold ones?

    Headline says “door officially closes on Kroenke buying Dodgers.” Last line: “Kroenke still could still end up being in play.”

    Doesn’t that mean the door is OPEN????

  6. roamingabriel says:Apr 13, 2012 8:56 PM

    Yeah there is something wrong with the deal. It’s too much money! I have the feeling Magic is being used and is too stupid to know it.

    While I disagree with your last line, I agree that 2.1 billion is way too much money. When you start talking blowing away the last sale (Cubs) in terms of multiples of revenue (not profit-revenue!) something seems wrong. Dodgers fans should expect some serious price hikes as there is no way to keep income even close to stable and still turn a profit even with the new TV deal. I am sure alot of prior Dodger fans will come back into the fold now that McCourt is gone, but still………..

    No disrepect to the Dodgers and their fans intended as I respect them (at least prior to McCourt), just a matter of simple economics. Also irks me that McCourt was able to make out like a bandit in this sale-after all the havoc he created in just a few years, his reward should have been a free Dodger Dog for every game he attends with a ticket he paid for out of his own pocket.

  7. jenniferxxx says:
    Apr 13, 2012 8:45 PM
    That boy is fugly
    Next time you make a comment on how someone else looks from one small photo, you might want to post a picture of yourself so we can all vote.

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