Frank McCourt finally relented and is putting the Los Angeles Dodgers on the market and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is interested in buying.
Cuban, however, is only interested if the price is right. He had inquired about the price recently to McCourt and McCourt was asking for $1 billion to $1.2 billion. Cuban backed off because the price was too high.
Cuban had tried to purchase other Major League teams in the past. Cuban tried to buy the Chicago Cubs in 2009, but lost out to the Ricketts family. Last August, Cuban tried buying the Texas Rangers, but the ownership group led by Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan beat him out in a bankruptcy auction.
Many don't want Cuban to own a Major League team because of his demeanor and outspokenness, but at the end of the day Cuban is a great owner. The Mavericks under Mark Cuban has turned them from NBA doormat to champions. The years before Cuban owned the mavericks they had a winning percentage of 40% and a losing playoff record. Since Cuban bought the team in 2000, the Mavs have won 69% of their games and finally won their elusive NBA title by defeating the heavy favorite Miami Heat.
Cuban is the guy to turn the Dodgers around. The Dodgers need a charismatic owner to help alleviate the numerous black eyes that the incompetent ownership of Frank McCourt. Cuban has proved he can turn teams around, so Major League Baseball needs to give him a shot.
However, he faces a situation similar to the failed Texas Rangers bid. Former Dodgers Steve Garvey and Orel Hershiser have expressed interest and so has former Dodger owner Peter O'Malley, the son of Walter O'Malley.
The Dodgers need Cuban more than he needs them. With the Cuban ownership, it will give the Dodgers something positive to talk about other than the McCourt divorce hearings, Frank McCourt using the Dodgers as his piggy bank, and the Bryan Stow beating.
They need to find a way to get this done.