Patt Morrison for November 2, 2011

If the Dodgers change owners, will the fans come back?

Dodger Stadium Bleachers

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The bleachers stand empty at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California.

Frank McCourt’s announcement that he will sell the Los Angeles Dodgers has provided what may be the final chapter in the story of his contentious tenure as owner.

Fans have been showing their disapproval of the situation at Dodger Stadium by staying away in droves – 2011 ticket sales were below 3 million for the season for the first time in 16 years, and actual attendance may have been significantly lower. Fan sentiment about McCourt is dubious, with longtime Dodgers fans saying things like, “I used to go to games all the time. I didn’t go to a single game this season.”

WEIGH IN:

A new owner may be in place by opening day 2012, but will that make fans feel safe about coming back to Chavez Ravine? Has Frank McCourt’s management of the team caused you to stay away? What will it take to get fans to come back to Dodger Stadium?

Guests:

T.J. Simers, sports columnist, Los Angeles Times

Stanley Stalford, Jr., chairman, Own The Dodgers

Roger Arrieta, editor, savethedodgers.com


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