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Wednesday, March 28, 2012
But anyone who knows me knows that I’m not one for taking things like this at face value… so… here we go…
First… press reports gush that, with several others, Magic Johnson owns the Dodgers. But the truth is that Magic owns the Dodgers like I own Budweiser (I have several shares)… I love Magic but he does not own the team. A guy named Mark R. Walter owns the team. That’s Mark R. Walter. Again Mark R. Walter owns the team. He is the head of a privately held company called Guggenheim Partners. He owns the team. Magic Johnson has money invested in the Dodgers like I have money invested in Budweiser but he does not own the team anymore than I own Budweiser. Again Mark R. Walter owns the team.
Fair Warning: If you see me on the street and you tell me Magic owns the Dodgers I will tell you I own Budweiser… get used to it. Magic is the face of Dodger PR. It is an important job but when Mark R. Walter wants to send Magic packing, believe me, Magic will be gone.
I do however think Magic has finagled his way into some development leverage at Chavez Ravine. And the way the Public Relations is unfolding I predict he will be the one who breaks it to Dodger fans that Dodger Stadium will be torn down and the team will move to downtown. Then after the blowback of that announcement hits he will back off and announce a compromise that the team will stay in Chavez Ravine but there will be significant changes to Dodger stadium and the surrounding area including significant commercial development including a Chucky Cheese and a build out much like The Grove and the Americana. That is where I’m guessing Magic has his cards.
This is how the PR industry is pushing this issue… “Outgoing owner Frank McCourt and certain affiliates of the purchasers will also be forming a joint venture which will acquire the parking lots surrounding Dodger Stadium for an additional $150 million.”
Again… Magic may not own the Dodgers but he ain’t no dummy.
Who does own the Dodgers? That’s right… Mark R. Walter… have a look… http://www.guggenheimpartners.com/
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We have tried to be a part of MLB “coming clean”. They have made every effort to mute the fan voice regarding this issue. Our frightening “foam asterisk” was banned by the Dodgers, it was not allowed in Wrigley and several other teams had them confiscated. Do the Dodgers and/or MLB have the right to ban these foam symbols? Is this a free speech issue here?
At the end of this video you’ll hear the Dodger representative stating the Dodgers case… MLB has stunted our efforts at every turn. As a result they may never have to “come clean”
Any insights on how we can reach and unite the fans would be greatly appreciated.