Who are the strongest contenders for the Dodgers?

Still too early to determine a victor, but Bloomberg Businessweek reports that three bidders are at the top of the heap: Magic Johnson (with partners Mark Walter and Stan Kasten), Rick Caruso (aligned with Joe Torre), and hedge fund billionaire Steve Cohen. They're considered strong contenders because the financing is coming from a single source. By the way, it costs $25,000 just to get into the bidding. A few other tidbits from the Bloomberg piece:

While management underscored stadium improvements such as new seats and redone dugouts, multiple bidders said they would probably have to spend as much as $450 million over the next few years on payroll and upgrades to the ballpark and surrounding infrastructure. Blackstone started conducting management presentations this week, which the bidders say they hope will make the Dodgers' capital needs and revenue capabilities clearer.

Riding over everything, of course, is the media play. Time-Warner Cable, Comcast, and Fox are all hovering, though it's also possible that the eventual owner will want to form his own sports network - keep in mind that the Yankee network YES is the biggest regional sports network in the country.

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