Dodgers Ownership: Top 5 Rich Guys You Wouldn't Want to See Take Over Team (or Maybe You Would)
Thanksgiving is upon us, so it's time to bow our heads and be thankful that at least somebody in the family has a job, medical marijuana is still around (for now) and a bloody presidential election is still nearly a year away.
And, after the dreaded Frank McCourt vowed to sell the Dodgers, we should also be thankful that these guys probably aren't buying:
Eli and wife Edyth.
5. Eli Broad. He has the cash. He has the connections. But the man who made his money off of tract housing is now one of America's top art collectors. Do we really want the home of the Dodger Dog and cups o' beer to be turned into a whispering gallery for Jeff Koons sculptures? (Didn't think so. Besides, Broad says he's not interested. For now).
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4. Ron Burkle. The jet-setting, used-to-be-Ralph's-owning magnate is known as a big-time womanizer. (No surprise, then, that he was a friend of Bill Clinton. Bites lip, gives thumbs up). You want this guy turning Dodger Stadium into the Playboy Mansion? Could be fun, but think of the kids.
3. Steve Garvey. We love Steve Garvey. The square-jawed former infielder with the Hollywood smile is the quintessential boy in blue. Too bad he's had more money problems than Wesley Snipes. He'd be a great face for the team, he just doesn't appear to have the wallet for it.
2. Rick Caruso. The developer of The Grove and potential L.A. mayoral candidate appears to be a straight shooter (he was one of the few voices of reason on the L.A. Coliseum Commission before he quit), and he's probably the best-dressed man on the West Coast. But do we really want a trolley running through center field, a fountain at first base and paparazzi camped out behind home plate? Dodger Stadium is not a mall.
1. Frank McCourt. Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss. The Los Angeles Times' T.J. Simers wondered aloud if the most hated man in L.A. sports was up to "old tricks" on the eve of a $160 million contract with Matt Kemp. Why would he invest such a chunk of change in the team if he already promised to sell? We were joking about most of the folks above. They would probably make fine owners. But this guy? He would be deja vu all over again.
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