Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Updated: June 23, 10:50 AM ET
Mark Cuban ponders Dodgers
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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban calls the Los Angeles Dodgers' situation a "mess," but he hasn't ruled out making a run at the team if it is put up for sale.
"I have an interest in Major League Baseball for the right deal," Cuban said in an interview with TMZ.com. "But it's just such a mess, right? I can't imagine that it's not going to be such a mess that it's [not] going to make it hard to turn around."
This week MLB rejected a proposed $3 billion television deal between the Dodgers and Fox. Cash from that deal was fundamental to the divorce settlement between owner Frank McCourt and his ex-wife, Jamie. The settlement is now scuttled, putting the future of the franchise in limbo.
The Dodgers have been under the supervision of MLB, which is investigating the finances of the team. Baseball very well could take over the team and force a sale. Or, the courts could rule that the team is community property in the divorce proceedings and force a sale of the franchise.
Whenever any team is about to go up for sale, Cuban's name comes up. He says that he "looked at the Rangers. I looked at the Cubs." But to him, the Dodgers' financial woes are more of a hurdle.
"But if it's just so screwed up, that the pieces are so messed up, that it takes 20 years to fix. ... I mean, there's literally franchises out there that are just in such disarray and such a mess, in multiple leagues, that no one can fix them," he said to TMZ.com.
Still, his desire to own an MLB franchise might be too strong to resist owning even a financially troubled outfit like the Dodgers.
"If the deal is right and they're fixable, then I'm very interested," he said.
One of the issues that Cuban sees with the team is how McCourt has structured the franchise.
"He's got his parking lots and he's got this and that -- all these sub-corporations. So who knows what's included," Cuban said.
For now, he just waits like everyone else to see what MLB does to deal with the situation. He believes the wait could last awhile.
"They (MLB) might just take it back and decide not to sell it for a while, right, because they're not stupid, either," Cuban said. "They might say we'll take it back, we'll fix it up some, and clean up some of the mess and then we'll sell it then, kind of like what the NBA did with the New Orleans Hornets."