Magic Johnson Hopes to Buy LA Dodgers

Lakers legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson is reportedly part of a group looking to buy the LA Dodgers, according to the Los Angeles Times. Johnson would reportedly join with former Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves executive Stan Kasten and financier Mark Walter, CEO of Guggenheim Partners.

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“I love baseball,” Johnson told the paper. “I’ve been a Dodgers fan and gone to the park many, many times.”

“Stan Kasten is my man,” Johnson said. “He’s a winner. He’s built two incredible organizations and he’s well-respected. That is what was important to me. I had to get with a winner, a guy who understands baseball inside and out. … Both guys are about building a winner and making a difference in the LA community.”

MSN FoxSports reports:

Earlier this week, former talk show host Larry King said he was interested in joining a potential ownership group with White Sox executive Dennis Gilbert.

“It would be a thrill of a lifetime to be a part owner, partial owner, of a team I grew up rooting for as a child in Brooklyn,” said the 78-year-old King.

Former Dodgers Steve Garvey and Orel Hershiser have also expressed interest in forming an investment group to bid on the team.

Other potential bidders include Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Pittsburgh Penguins co-owner Ron Burkle, according to the Times.

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