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Dodgers takeover: L.A. chamber president hopes move will end 'soap opera'

April 20, 2011 |  3:38 pm

Gary Toebben Gary Toebben, president and chief executive of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, said he thinks the involvement of Major League Baseball in the management of the Dodgers may be for the best.

“This has been like watching a soap opera unfold,” he said. “We want a financially solvent Dodgers. We want a winning team.”

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig announced Wednesday that his office would assume control of the financial operations of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The move comes after Dodgers owner Frank McCourt needed a personal loan from Fox to meet the team's payroll.

“The Dodgers are part of the heart and soul of the community,” Toebben said, noting that the team brings hotel, restaurant and advertising dollars to L.A.

The worst-case scenario, he said, would be the Dodgers leaving Los Angeles.

“Franchises move in Major League Baseball,” he said. “But I would expect that with the history of the Dodgers in this community, they will stay.”

The big question, he said, “is who will own that franchise and which direction will they take it?”

He said he had not heard of any parties interested in taking over the team.


Major League Baseball takes over financial control of the Dodgers

-- Kate Linthicum

Photo: Gary Toebben. Credit: L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce