Frank McCourt is selling; do you want Mark Cuban to buy Dodgers?
Frank McCourt is selling the Dodgers, and on Tuesday, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said he was interested at one point in buying the team.
As Bill Shaikin wrote:
Cuban said the lure of owning the storied Dodgers is tempered for him by the need to invest perhaps hundreds of millions of dollars in stadium renovation, the prospect of luxury suite customers taking their business from the Dodgers to a new NFL team and the difficulty of financing a perennial championship contender in the absence of an MLB salary cap.
"Once the sale price gets too high, you can't invest in the team," said Cuban, who visited The Times on Tuesday to promote his HDNet cable channel.
McCourt took the Dodgers into bankruptcy after Selig rejected a new television contract with Fox Sports, a deal valued by McCourt at $3 billion.
Cuban conceded a new owner of the Dodgers might attract a television deal for even more money, but said he would be reluctant to borrow against that money to finance team operations.
"I don't want to be in a position to have a lot of debt," he said. "Those would be dollars that could not be used to put together a winning team."
Can't you just imagine Mark Cuban sitting in the front row behind home plate, arguing with the umpire over every ball and strike call?
So, do you want Mark Cuban to own the team? Vote now and let us know.
Photo: Mark Cuban. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press.