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Los Angeles Dodgers gets new owners

Magic Johnson (L) sits with Frank McCourt during the game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres in the home opener at Petco Park on April 5, 2012 in San Diego, California.

This final note on the way out. A ray of baseball sunshine here in rainy Los Angeles today. The sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers closed last night. A team that includes -- as I'm sure you've heard -- Magic Johnson, paid now-former owner Frank McCourt $2-billion-plus for the club.

McCourt does still have a stake in the parking lots surrounding Dodger Stadium, but at a press conference today, the new owners took a big first step at making amends for what was generally regarded as a disastrous tenure by the much-disliked McCourt. Parking's going to be cheaper -- $10 instead of $15.

So they make fans happy. And take some money out of Frank McCourt's pocket. Pretty nice, huh?

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Kai Ryssdal is the host and senior editor of Marketplace, public radio’s program on business and the economy.
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I'm very disappinted in you, Kai. This is great news for anyone who loves the Dodgers, but if you had paid attention to what Magic Johnson said during the Q&A you would have known not to make the comment about taking money out of the old owner's pocket. As the team's story on the presser says:

"We own it 100 percent," Johnson said. "He won't get a dime for the parking."

You can check the article for yourself at http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120502&content_... and you can even check the video. I really expect better from Team Marketplace, no matter how easy it is to kick the old owner in the rear on his way out.

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