Los Angeles City Council backs letting fans buy Dodgers

Dodger Stadium on May 1, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
Dodger Stadium on May 1, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
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The Los Angeles City Council is backing efforts to allow fans to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers. Yesterday, the Los Angeles City Council voted to ask Congress to allow Angelenos to buy the team if it goes onto the market.

Current Major League Baseball rules forbid new public offerings.

There have been concerns that owner Frank McCourt, who's locked in a property battle with his former wife, hasn't got the money to keep the Dodgers operating. Major League Baseball is running day-to-day operations while it investigates the club's finances.

Dodgers Vice President Howard Sunkin called the council's action irrelevant. He tells the Los Angeles Daily News that the team has an owner already: Frank McCourt.

This story incorporates information from the Associated Press.

Audio: Molly Knight reports for ESPN The Magazine. KPCC's Susanne Whatley asked her about the likelihood of fans buying the team.