Magic Johnson at one time captivated the hearts of many Californians with his dazzling moves as a point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers. He will now have the chance to make another impression on Los Angeles sports fans except in a different sport: baseball.
A group of men that includes Johnson and baseball executive Stan Karsten agreed to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers from Frank McCourt for $2 billion. This easily tops Stephen Ross’s buying of the Miami Dolphins in 2009 for $1.1 billion as the highest payment for a North American sports franchise.
“I am thrilled to be part of the historic Dodger franchise and intend to build on the fantastic foundation laid by Frank McCourt as we drive the Dodgers back to the front page of the sports section in our wonderful community of Los Angeles,” Johnson said in a statement on an espn.com story.
The Dodgers are headed in the right direction with this new group of owners, specifically Magic Johnson.
The Texas Rangers have a similar situation with Nolan Ryan. As an ex-Ranger and a player that many DFW sports fans hold close to their hearts, people in Texas respect and admire The Ryan Express. As an owner, fans love to see his face front and center associated with the Rangers’ organization. Magic will have this same effect, most likely having an even stronger one than Ryan with the multiple championships he brought to Hollywood while with the Lakers.
Johnson is a man of character and honesty as he has proven on many occasions. The Dodgers are in the midst of a scandal they would rather have avoided, but with Johnson acting as a main member of ownership, they can rest assure that misconduct will not be a part of how the organization goes about doing its business from this point forward.
Welcome back to Los Angeles, Magic.
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