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Blues fans succeed in removing owner!

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My other favorite blues, the Los Angeles Dodgers, will finally be relieved of the burden of owner Frank McCourt.

This is a story of a proud franchise that was brought to near ruin and real bankruptcy by an owner who used the team as a personal checking account while letting the grounds deteriorate and star players leave.

A solid year of fan protest and the intervention of the commissioner of baseball have finally removed the tyrant. Think Kenwright's a bad owner? He's got nothing on Frank McCourt.


Check here for an independent fansite's take on the Dodgers:

Steven Sturm, Carson City, NV, USA     Posted 05/11/2011 at 17:31:19

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Domino Darkley
1   Posted 05/11/2011 at 19:31:36

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I think there is no comparison between removing a baseball franchise owner and an English soccer club owner.

I imagine there will be no shortage of bidders for the Dodgers.

The problem at EFC is that there is no one who wants to buy it.

BTW, I used to love going to Dodger stadium in the 90s when Mike Piazza was the main man.

I hope you get the franchise sorted out.
Alex Kociuba
2   Posted 05/11/2011 at 19:42:47

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"The problem at EFC is that there is no one who wants to buy it." ??

If Everton was publically priced at £50m by Kenwright, there would be no one interested?
Domino Darkley
3   Posted 05/11/2011 at 22:40:32

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If EFC was up for sale at £50 million I would be speaking to a few wealthy chums myself with a view to raising the money and buying it out.

Talk sense, if you have to post something at all.
Ryan Holroyd
4   Posted 05/11/2011 at 23:38:24

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They would be a queue around Goodison if the price was right.

It's all to do with price.

Kenwright has failed the business but wants to make money out of it.

The wanker.
Alex Kociuba
5   Posted 06/11/2011 at 12:51:41

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Domino, so the problem isn't that nobody wants to buy Everton, it is because they can't. Bill Kenwright has been looking 24/7 for investments, remember? And we have no idea how much the club is for sale for! How you come to the conclusion no one would be interested in buying a Premier League club like Everton is ridiculous.
Domino Darkley
6   Posted 06/11/2011 at 13:16:55

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Well, seeing as you know so much tell me who has made a credible bid for the club?

When we hear, officially, that a proper bid for the club has been rejected than you will have something to shout about.

In the meantime it is all hot air.

But just to start you off.

Let's say, for the sake of argument, that the club can be bought fot £150 million.

You can add £80 million of debt on top of that.

Then there is the question of a new ground.

How much? £450 million?

Re-vamp the playing ataff? Say £100 million.

From a standing start, I estimate it would take a fellow to have almost £800 million to drag EFC back to the forefront of English football.

With no guarantee of success.

There are very few people in this world prepared to outlay that kind of dough for a football team,
Lin Jinli
7   Posted 06/11/2011 at 15:10:16

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But the main issue is that Kenwright doesn't want to sell the club. He wants people to invest in it ? that's all.
Ste Traverse
8   Posted 06/11/2011 at 15:21:26

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And that's the problem Lin, BK doesn't want to sell up. The man is so arrogant, egotistical and wrapped up in his own persona, he seriously believes there is someone out there that will pump big bucks into this club and let him keep control.

After a 12-year '24/7' search, not one person has agreed to do this. Shouldn't that tell the useless prick everything?

BK is a curse on this club.
Ryan Holroyd
9   Posted 06/11/2011 at 15:39:01

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Domino Darkley

I'd settle for someone with a plan.

Wolves are redeveloping their ground. Not moving to a new £400M stadium.

We have no plan, no vision.

Nothing apart from a cancer in a chair.

Eliminate the cancer and move forward.
Alex Kociuba
10   Posted 06/11/2011 at 16:41:13

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Domino, you told me talk sense when I suggested a reasonable bid for Everton could be worth £50m. Then you proceed to pluck figures from your imagination, two of which is the club being worth £150m with a debt of £80m. Not a million miles away from my original figure?!
Alex Kociuba
11   Posted 06/11/2011 at 16:48:57

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And with the rest of your figures, you basically value the club at £0 (which I wouldn't necessarily disagree with).
Dennis Stevens
12   Posted 06/11/2011 at 22:26:00

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Very funny DD, based on your figures, nobody would be interested in buying EFC as the total investment required is in the order of £800 million, yet if the asking price were reduced £100 million you'd be rounding up a few wealthy chums to take over the club yourself. So, £150 million would scare potential investors away but at £50 million it's a bargain? Not too sure I can see the "sense" there.
Ciaran Duff
13   Posted 07/11/2011 at 05:56:16

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Hey Steve,
Is this Frank McCourt who wrote Angela Ashes? Excuse my french but how the fuck did he get to run a baseball team? They don't play much baseball in Limerick I can tell you.

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