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Jonah Ryan sits on Ira Shadrow's shoulders in the ground level seats in "The Dugout Club" at Dodger Stadium on July 26, 2005 in Los Angeles California.
Dodger Blue is worth a lot of green. A Chicago-based group of investors led by Los Angeles sports icon Magic Johnson has agreed to pony up a hefty $2.15 billion dollars for the Dodgers – a record for any sports franchise.
The McCourt era – marked by poor management, losing seasons, declining ticket sales and the beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow on opening day in 2011 – is now over, and although the controversial former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and his ex-wife Jamie will make a killing for the sale of the Dodgers, fans are hoping that a change in ownership will restore glory, bring home some wins and make it safe to take their families back to Chavez Ravine. With Magic Johnson in the front office, the Dodgers will now have a new public face for their organization that has an impeccable record of winning with a smile – which just may be the best face for the beleaguered Dodgers organization.
Will the change in ownership bring you back to Dodger Stadium?
Steve Dilbeck, anchors the “Dodgers Now” blog, Los Angeles Times
Shelley Smith, reporter, ESPN