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Magic Johnson among at least six still in Dodgers bidding

February 27, 2012|By Bill Shaikin
  • Magic Johnson remains in the bidding to buy the Dodgers.
Magic Johnson remains in the bidding to buy the Dodgers. (E.J. Flynn / Associated…)

Magic Johnson and Steven Cohen are among at least six bidders remaining for the Dodgers, after the field was cut for the second time on Monday.

The bidders so far identified as surviving the second cut include groups led by Johnson and veteran baseball executive Stan Kasten, Connecticut investment king Cohen and longtime Los Angeles agent Arn Tellem, and New York media executive Leo Hindery in partnership with Tom Barrack, chairman of Santa Monica-based Colony Capital.

Jared Kushner, owner and publisher of the New York Observer and son-in-law of Donald Trump, also remains in the process, as do at least two bidders who have yet to be identified.

The information was provided by people familiar with the process but not authorized to discuss it.

The remaining bidders proceed to a multi-layered screening process conducted by Major League Baseball. Frank McCourt, the outgoing owner, is scheduled to select the winning bidder by April 1 and close the deal by April 30.

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