Could Frank McCourt's sale of team lure NFL to Dodger Stadium?
Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas raised the prospect that the new owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers could potentially use the stadium for both baseball and a new professional football team.
"I have a close eye on the NFL because the word is they love Chavez Ravine," Ridley-Thomas said. "With this transaction, the implications are huge … if a new owner has a dual-use scenario in his or her mind. — we all know there's a scramble to return football here — and the quest is what makes the most sense."
Ridley-Thomas said that the last two years have been "very tough" for the Dodgers and their fans.
"I wish the McCourts well and I will continue to root for the Dodgers," Ridley-Thomas said. "And it seems to me that this is a chapter that we can put behind us, and embrace the future with the kind of expectations that would be worthy of our community."
Supervisor Zev Yaroslovsky described the last two years as a nightmare for the team and for fans.
"It's time to move on," he said in a statement. "The decision to sell is good for the Dodgers and healthy for Los Angeles. It's high time that baseball be restored to the only drama played out at Dodger Stadium."
Supervisor Mike Antonovich called the imminent sale "a big step forward in restoring a family-friendly baseball franchise for Los Angeles County."
"Frank McCourt's pathetic legacy from shirking responsibility in the Bryan Stowe beating case was further soiled by the inference that Bryan had culpability in his own severe beating," he said.
— Ari Bloomekatz and Jason Song
Photo: Aerial view of Dodger Stadium. Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times