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Mark Cuban Comments Give Hope to "Save the Dodgers" Campaign

The head of "Mark Cuban Save the Dodgers" says the Mavericks owner is "definitely interested" in buying the Boys in Blue

By Olsen Ebright
|  Wednesday, Jun 22, 2011  |  Updated 2:17 PM PDT
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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, with his daughter Alexis Sofia and family, rides with the NBA Championship basketball trophy during the team's victory parade in downtown Dallas.

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Mark Cuban's lukewarm response about possibly buying the Dodgers has a graphic designer feeling pretty optimistic.

On Tuesday, Cuban told TMZ that "if the deal is right and they're fixable, then ya, I'm very interested." The entrepreneur carefully hedged his enthusiasm by adding that the team may be so screwed up, it could take "20 years to fix."

Even so, 38-year-old Roger Arrieta -- the man behind "Mark Cuban Save the Dodgers" -- is staying positive.

"There have been a couple different interpretations of what (Cuban) said, both positive and not worth it," Arrieta told NBC LA on Wednesday. "I still think the impression is more on the side of definitely interested."

For the last few months, Arrieta has been building support to put Cuban in Dodger blue. He runs markcubansavethedodgers.com, and accompanying Facebook and Twitter accounts.

"The main goal of the campaign is to essentially save the Dodgers," he said. "I want to attract attention, let them know, we're tired of this; tired of what's been dumped on us. …We need something."

Cuban, whose Dallas Mavericks recently won the NBA Finals, is the group's No. 1 choice, although Arrieta said the campaign, at its core, is about restoring the team to its glory days.

"I feel that once the team is taken away, this thing is going to go insane," Arrieta said. "It's been gaining steam and more steam. It's going to keep blowing up."

Arrieta is partnering with a billboard company to raise $7,500 for a "Save the Dodgers" billboard to be placed near Chavez Ravine. As of Wednesday, the group has raised $650 toward the effort. If the group doesn't hit its target by July 17, no donations will be processed.

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