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Dodgers bankruptcy filing: Former L.A. Mayor Richard Riordan says team needs new owners

Riordanmarch2011 Former L.A. Mayor Richard Riordan said Monday that the Dodgers bankruptcy filing reinforces the notion the team needs new leadership.

"I look at the fact that the number of season ticket holders has gone down from 25,000 to 17,000," Riordan said. "That tells me a very sad story -- that L.A. is losing interest in the Dodgers.”

“I think it’s necessary that we get new ownership of the Dodgers so that we can all work diligently and intentionally to restore the team as the great treasure for Los Angeles that it’s been for very many years,” he continued.

Riordan was asked what the bankruptcy filing says about Frank McCourt’s stewardship of the Dodgers.

“Let’s put that behind us," he said. "We need a new owner. It’s irrelevant whether Frank McCourt is good, bad or indifferent.”

He was also asked if he had heard of anyone organizing an effort to take control of the Dodgers.

“No, I haven’t, which is surprising,” he said.

And he was asked if the relationship between the city and the Dodgers had suffered irreparable harm.

“No, I don’t think so," he said. "You change the culture of the ownership, and it can turn the people of L.A. around very, very quickly."


Read the Dodgers' bankruptcy filing

'McCourt is a carpetbagger,' fan says

Frank McCourt takes Dodgers into bankruptcy court

-- Garrett Therolf

Photo: Former L.A. Mayor Richard Riordan in March. Credit: Los Angeles Times

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