September 18, 2013 |
Bud Selig insists he will retire as baseball's commissioner after next season. He says he might like to teach college classes, to study history, to write his memoirs. He could be a distinguished guest speaker in just about any college class -- except, perhaps, at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. Frank McCourt, who sold the Dodgers for a record $2.15 billion last year, has donated $100 million toward the school, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.
April 3, 2012 |
Frank McCourt threw quite a few pitches at the bidders for the Dodgers. One of those pitches: You're not buying a team locked into hundreds of millions in salaries for the next few years. You can shape the payroll any way you like. As the Dodgers headed into the winter, they had one player under contract for 2014 -- pitcher Chad Billingsley, at $12 million. In contrast, the Boston Red Sox had committed $94 million to six players for 2014 -- first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, second baseman Dustin Pedroia, outfielder Carl Crawford and pitchers Josh Beckett, Clay Buchholz and John Lackey.
May 4, 2012 |
David Kipen had a modest proposal on the Op-Ed page Wednesday: Take public transportation to the next Dodgers home game, deprive the ball club (and especially the once and still somewhat invested Frank McCourt) of your parking dollars and send a message: We're Dodger fans and we're not going to take it anymore. And by "it" he meant any more misrule of the boys in blue. Oh and by the way, it would be so much greener. "How dense are people these days," asked "uncgirl37" at about 5 p.m., along with a few other commenters who had tuned in to the new owners' 10 a.m. televised news conference.
September 20, 2012 |
All bummed are you that since Frank McCourt sold the Dodgers for a record $2.15 billion - and kept half the parking lots! - he's disappeared from public view? Thought not. I, of course, miss him so. He was good for at least four easy posts a week. Now that he's a billionaire, doing whatever billionaires do, you're hoping he keeps doing it. Just as long as he stays away from the Southern California sports scene. Which is not to say he doesn't continue to have significant impact on Los Angeles professional sports.
June 14, 2013
It doesn't say much for the intelligence of Guggenheim Management, the owner of the Dodgers, when Frank McCourt turned out to be the smartest guy in the room. Guggenheim, I have a house I'd like to sell you. It was appraised for $1 million, but I'll let you have it for a million four. There is one condition, however. I keep the garage and the land under it, and you pay me $50,000 per year for the right to park in the garage. You'd better move fast, Guggenheim, before other interested parties emerge.
June 13, 2013 |
On his first day as an owner of the Dodgers, Magic Johnson had heard one too many questions about Frank McCourt, and what role the outgoing owner would continue to play at Chavez Ravine. "Frank is not here. He is not part of the Dodgers any more ," Johnson said. "We should be clapping for that. " McCourt might not be part of the baseball team any more, but he remains a major player in deciding the future of the land surrounding Dodger Stadium. As The Times reported Wednesday night, McCourt could be the sole landlord for an NFL stadium put up on the Dodger Stadium parking lots.