A look at what's on deck in the LA Dodgers ownership saga

McCourt Angling to Hang Onto Dodgers?

Maybe Frank McCourt's end game is not to sell the Dodgers after all.

By Fred Roggin
|  Friday, Feb 10, 2012  |  Updated 10:39 AM PDT
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Maybe Frank McCourt's end game is not to sell the Dodgers after all.

Maybe Frank McCourt's end game is not to sell the Dodgers after all.

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Maybe Frank McCourt's end game is not to sell the Dodgers after all.

It's been five weeks since the team went up for sale, but no one can bid because none of the prospective buyers has the book with the Dodger financial information.

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That information has not been made available to prospective buyers.

Why the delay?

It's not for lack of interest. Groups in double digits are expected to come up with a least a billion dollars to get into the game.

Some of them we know, such as Steve Garvey and Orel Hershiser. Magic Johnson is fronting a group. Peter O'Malley announced his intentions. Fred Claire is forming a partnership.

There are other people we've never heard of who are interested as well.

But McCourt may have his own agenda.

A bankruptcy court allowed the club's media rights to be auctioned off early, so the true value of the Dodgers could be determined.

Once that determination is made, there is speculation that McCourt will turn around and tell the court, hey, this is how much the media rights are worth. I have money now. I'm no longer bankrupt. I can pay off the creditors, leave bankruptcy and hold on to the team. 

Thus landing McCourt back in court with major league baseball-- this time for breaching the latest agreement he signed.

I've talked with a number of prospective buyers who are all perplexed because they don't have the book with the Dodger financial information.

Could this be another McCourt end run? According to his agreement he has to sell by April 30.

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