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L.A. Now Live: Chat with Steve Lopez about the Dodgers' sale

Columnist Steve Lopez will be joining City Editor Shelby Grad to chat about the big news in Los Angeles today -- the sale of the Dodgers to an ownership group that includes former Lakers star Magic Johnson.

The chat will begin at 9 a.m. at www.latimes.com/lanow. If you have questions, you can start asking now.

Lopez has been extremely critical of owner Frank McCourt. When news of the sale was announced, Lopez wrote: "Prayers have been answered. Wishes have come true. Frank McCourt is selling the Dodgers. This is a swell day for Los Angeles." He ended that mini-column by encouraging McCourt to leave town.

After the beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow, Lopez went to a game and reported that almost no one was in the stands. "It's becoming more like a minor-league operation every day, but at least the food is half price at the ballpark Wednesday," Lopez wrote. "Plenty of seats available folks, roughly 50,000 or so. Come on out to the park and say goodbye to the McCourts."

Johnson and a group of investors will be the new owners of the Dodgers after paying a record $2 billion, it was announced Tuesday. The Lakers legend is joined by longtime baseball executive Stan Kasten, movie executive Peter Guber and Mark Walter, chief executive officer of a Chicago financial services company.

The Johnson group would become the Dodgers' third owner since the O'Malleys sold the team in 1998, following News Corp. and McCourt.

-- Kimi Yoshino

Photo: Dodgers pitchers Javy Guerra, left, Clayton Kershaw, center, and Chris Withrow get ready for the new baseball season during spring training in Phoenix. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

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