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Magic Makes a Play for the Dodgers

At this point, the question has become, who isn’t interested in buying the Dodgers? Everyone from Steve Garvey and Orel Hershiser to Larry King and Mark Cuban are in the mix.

Now, according to LA Times columnist Bill Plaschke, recently divested Lakers part-owner Magic Johnson plans to join the Frank McCourt bankruptcy sweepstakes:

Johnson would be the face of a high-powered ownership group that would include Stan Kasten, the former president of the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals, and Mark Walter, chief executive of Guggenheim Partners, a financial services firm that controls over $125 billion in assets. The firm is headquartered in Chicago and New York, with an office in Los Angeles.

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Sources: Fox Not Interested in Buying Dodgers

As soon as news broke Tuesday night that Frank McCourt had finally agreed to sell the Los Angeles Dodgers, rumors started swirling as to who would purchase the team.

You can scratch Fox from the list of prospective buyers as Los Angeles Times reporter Bill Shaikin tweeted Wednesday that the media giant isn’t interested in purchasing the team at this time.

With Fox out of the picture, Dodger fans are one step closer to a dream scenario where Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban purchases the team.

“It all comes down to price,” Cuban told ESPNLosAngeles.com Wednesday morning via email. “It’s important to have more than enough money to pay players and invest in the organization.”

One can dream, right?

KTLA’s Sam Rubin Jumps Into the Shark Tank

The parent company of The Hollywood Reporter is putting on a big convention this weekend in downtown LA called Reality Rocks. For $35.00 a day, attendees can schmooze with a portion of the execs, casting directors, personalities, and other industry figures that keep a great many of this town’s production facilities humming.

There are also a number of celebrity panels. The one that caught FishbowlLA’s eye is a live version of ABC’s Friday night show Shark Tank, scheduled for 1:30-3:00 p.m. Saturday and moderated by man-about-town Sam Rubin. Here’s the condensed blurb:

Rubin, FUBU CEO-founder Daymond John and HDNet-Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban will challenge Reality Rocks attendees to “pitch” their business idea live, in 140 characters or less.

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Charlie Sheen Crashes Jimmy Kimmel Live

Charlie Sheen made a “surprise” appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday night during the host’s chat with Mark Cuban. Cuban had a well-publicized meeting with Sheen earlier on in the day about a reality TV show for the star on the billionaire mogul’s HDNet. That Sheen suddenly popped up on Kimmel and milked the moment for all it was worth suggests he wants the gig. Or maybe he’s just a hyperactive narcissist who will do anything for attention. Either way, he’s perfect for reality TV.

A Wicked Mark Cuban Segue Way

A fun little sports diversion has been bouncing around the Twitter-sphere today, courtesy of New York Daily News basketball writer Stefan Bondy. Last night, he tweeted that Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban had jokingly deemed the Russian billionaire owner of the New Jersey Nets a “pussy”; this morning, Bondy relayed Mikhail Prokhorov‘s good-natured reply about not liking cats.

Prokhorov could use a better joke writer. But here on the west coast, we were intrigued by the way NBC Sports writer Kurt Helin jumped from the billionaire faux cat fight to this:

Just a few thoughts… and this is just more of a personal note from me as a Los Angeles native. I want Cuban to buy the Dodgers. Now more than ever. Make it happen for me, Mark.

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Mark Cuban Waches Too Much True Blood

111mark.jpgIt’s no secret that content aggregators are one of the biggest banes to news media’s existence. Everyone from Rupert Murdoch to The Associated Press has taken a stance that their material should not be disseminated on the web for free, and that readers should have to pay, either in page views or in actual cash (in the form of pay walls).

But leave it to Mark Cuban, the billionaire Mavericks owner and HDNet chairman, who himself has been accused of siphoning money from companies through insider trading, to be the most vocally damning of all moguls.

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Vanity Fair on Arthur Sulzberger Jr: People Are Rooting for Him

new-york-times-0905-01.jpgSpeaking of The New York Times, which is pretty much all we’ve been doing these past few days, have you read Mark Bowden‘s piece in the upcoming Vanity Fair on Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr.? It’s a good long one — despite the fact Sulzberger refused to talk to Cuban, and refused to allow his employees to do so either — and worth the read, particularly since troubles at the Times appear to be reaching a nadir these days. Here’s a taste:

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Wil Wheaton is Beating Britney Spears

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The finalists for the Best Celebrity Blogger for the Web Blog Awards are Kat Dennings, John Mayer, Britney Spears, Alyssa Milano, Kanye West, Brea Grant, Margaret Cho, Mark Cuban, Gilbert Areanas and Wil Wheaton.

And according to our sources – Wil Wheaton (pictured above with GalleyCat editor Ron Hogan at BEA last year) is winning with a pretty major margin over second place holder Britney Spears. The whole thing is horribly unfair…to Britney. Wheaton writes for LA Weekly and is a published author. And Britney likes cheese.

No contest.

Anyway, for the contest – vote for your pick here.

Tribune Co. May be Considering Bankruptcy Filing

34366930.jpgIf the newspaper industry of late could be compared to a game of dominoes it looks like the next, very big one, may be about to go. The New York Times is reporting that the Sam Zell-owned Tribune Co. is deeply in debt (this we already knew) and is considering filing for bankruptcy.

Which makes us wonder if maybe all that shrinking and those “deep cuts” and the talk about reporters giving the customer what they want instead of gunning for Pulitzers didn’t actually pay off in the end. Of course, back in the spring of 2007 when Zell bought the company part of the plan was to sell off the Tribune-owned Chicago Cubs and reinvest that chunk of money, something, the Times points out, that the credit crunch (and travails of top-bidder Mark Cuban) have made exceedingly difficult. Also, this may all just be a bargaining tactic.

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Cuban May Be Going The Way Of Martha Stewart

markcuban.jpgMark Cuban, the internet billionaire who owns the Dallas Mavericks and numerous film and TV entities, is facing insider trading charges with one of his internet search engines Mamma.com, according to AOL’s news.

Cuban apparently either bought or sold 600,000 shares of Mamma.com, which piqued the Securities and Exchange Commission’s never-ending interest.

The last celebrity gazillionaire to face such charges was Martha Stewart, who had to do a small stint in the hoosgow before settling back into an unwatched good housekeeping TV show.

Cuban had been rumored to be considering buying the Chicago Cubs. Maybe the Cubs first-round playoff destruction at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers made him run home to Mamma.

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