The best thing Guggenheim Baseball Management had going for it wasn’t Mark Walter’s deep pockets or Stan Kasten’s expertise running a sports franchise or “that community’s” love affair with Magic Johnson. It was the same thing any new owners would have had—they weren’t Frank McCourt.
Only, of course, for some reason Guggenheim paid McCourt a half-billion dollars more than the next known bid and still allowed him to keep a half interest in the 300 acres surrounding Dodger Stadium.
Kasten has repeatedly said Guggenheim would not reveal requested details of its agreement with McCourt because it’s no different from any other private business contract.
Which again screams—they just don’t get it!
The Dodgers are not just any other business in “that community,” but I would argue the premier, most beloved, most cherished institution in Los Angeles.
And right now its fans are bitter and angry over the way McCourt dragged their prize into bankruptcy. They are a lover who has been burned, and now hesitant to begin a new relationship.
They want to trust again, but remain in pain and are going to be extra cautious before moving forward. So they want answers to really reasonable questions. It shouldn’t be that hard. It’s the simple, respectful thing to do.
But the new owners are off to an awful start. They act like they’re hiding something, and all that’s going to do is make people nervous and suspicious.
Posted: May 15, 2012 at 10:14 PM | 3 comment(s)
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