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Dodger fans are so fed up with the McCourt ownership during their ugly divorce, that momentum has picked up to try and turn the Dodgers into a publicly owned enterprise a la the Green Bay Packers.City Councilwoman Janice Hahn has been leading the push for public ownership, and she claims to have state Rep. Xavier Becerra on board as well. She even called on the U.S. Congress to reconsider a “Give Fans A Chance Act” that’s been proposed several times this decade.
Not only should Hahn probably get back to lobbying for more important things than her local baseball team, but she’s pulling strings for what amounts to an impossibility according to baseball insiders and business experts.
LA Daily News columnist Tom Hoffarth explored the issue today and the results are not encouraging to Dodger fans hoping to own a piece of their favourite team.
The fact that no one can force the McCourts to sell is only the first in a litany of problems with this idea.
Professional sports leagues want their franchises to have one clearly defined, like-minded leader that would march to baseball’s tune du jour. Plus, a publicly owned team would need to disclose its financials, and the MLB is not keen to that idea. Finally, there are probably dozens of millionaires who would be interested in buying the team, so the MLB has no reason to resort to this act of desperation.
It’s fun to dream, we just wish it weren’t politicians doing the dreaming. They need to be grounded in reality.
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