ARLINGTON, Texas — Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw grew up in Dallas. Predictably, he leads the club in most ticket requests for tonight’s game against the Texas Rangers, with about 70.
The Dodger who ranks second in this category: Co-owner Bobby Patton, another Texas native, with 55.
A horde of cameras greeted Patton on the field at Globe Life Park, something that never happens in Los Angeles. You can see a portion of that scene above.
“I’m living my life the way I lived it before I was an owner,” Patton said. “It’s very unusual to be in front of this many TV cameras. When we’re in L.A., people want to talk to Earvin Johnson before they talk to me.”
According to the Dodgers’ media guide, Patton principally operates oil and gas properties in Texas and Kansas and has additional investments in many other sectors, including ranching and insurance. He serves on the Board of Security Benefit Corporation and the Advisory Council of the University of Texas College of Liberal Arts.
Todd Boehly reportedly contributed $100 million to the purchase of the Dodgers in 2012. (Getty Images)
The New York Post is reporting that Todd Boehly, one of the six Guggenheim Baseball Management partners that owns the Dodgers, “is looking to strike out on his own.”
Writes Claire Atkinson:
Boehly — who helped pull together the complicated deal for the MLB franchise as the No. 2 executive at Guggenheim Partners — is considering leaving the investment firm and running his own shop, according to sources.
“Todd is exploring the possibility of owning his own firm, which would be focused on acquiring and owning private businesses and real estate,” said one source familiar with Boehly’s thinking.
Another source said the discussions were at an advanced stage.
“Todd is out, and they’re working on a way for him to exit,” the source said.
The news comes two months after Korean-language website JoongAng Daily reported that a consortium of South Korean investors were seeking to purchase a 20 percent stake in the Dodgers. Forbes reported March 13 that a potential deal with the group was still on the table. Based solely on the timing of the news, it makes sense if Boehly’s share of the team was the portion going up for sale.
Boehly helped get Time Warner Cable to bankroll the largest payroll in baseball history — a deal that was good for the Dodgers’ bottom line but so far bad for most fans, who cannot watch the team on SportsNet LA. Boehly reportedly contributed $100 million to the purchase of the club in 2012.
Stan Kasten (Getty Images)
Dodgers president Stan Kasten had a great quote about Forbes Magazine at the 2013 Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. “We will never give any credence to Forbes’s valuations of franchises,” he said.
“Here’s the problem with Forbes. I don’t know their methodology. I don’t know what hand they throw their dart with.”
C’mon, Stan. Don’t sell yourself short.
According to Forbes’ latest rankings released Wednesday, the Dodgers are one of five Major League Baseball franchises with a negative operating income. Yet only the New York Yankees are a more valuable franchise, and can claim a higher revenue than the Dodgers.