Dodgers owner Frank McCourt has agreed to provide financial backing to a new Los Angeles company that hopes to buy operating rights to the Los Angeles Marathon from its Chicago owner.
Financial terms of the proposed deal were not released Tuesday, but in a statement, McCourt said that he is interested in investing "so long as necessary terms can be worked out with Devine Racing Management's affiliated entities and the City of Los Angeles."
McCourt is pursuing the deal independent of his baseball holdings.
Chris Devine, the Chicago businessman who purchased rights to the L.A. Marathon in 2004, announced the planned sale in June. His Devine Racing Management has struggled with race-related finances, and Devine said the sale proceeds would be used to cover his company's outstanding financial obligations and allow it to continue operating a marathon in Las Vegas.
Devine declined to discuss terms of a sale, , but confirmed that he hopes to complete the deal by mid-September.
McCourt described the race that is scheduled to run its 24th edition on March 1, 2009, as "an important civic asset that has the potential to have an even greater positive impact on the city of Los Angeles. Because of its great potential, I am evaluating the opportunity along with Going the Distance," which is the name of the company that was created to buy rights to the race.