Flashing his trademark smile at an introductory news conference on Wednesday, Johnson said: “Frank’s not here anymore. We should be clapping for just that.”
In a move that some will see as ironic, the Dodgers announced that general parking prices are being reduced from $15 to $10. McCourt’s companies made much of their money in the parking lot business, and he still owns the rights to half the lots around Dodger Stadium.
McCourt was barely mentioned by name during the media gathering, but Walter made it clear that his group isn’t beholden to the former owner.
” Every aspect of this operation in this ravine is managed and controlled by us,” he said. “All of the revenues go to this organization. To be clear and not to be hiding anything, the former ownership does have an economic interest in the profits that might come from a potential development in the future. Other than that this is ours. This is our land and we manage it.”
Said Johnson: “We own it 100 percent. We want to be clear with it. [McCourt] doesn’t get a dime from the parking.”
Kasten, who will act as the president and CEO of the franchise, spoke passionately about improving the fan experience. He asked that fans send in suggestions through email at email@example.com.