The sale of the Dodgers by Frank McCourt--via an agreement with Commissioner Bud Selig and under the auspices of Blackstone Advisory Partners--is proceeding at a deliberate pace--very deliberate.
According to multiple sources who can not be identified because they are not authorized to speak for any of the involved parties, potential investors, of which there are about 20, have received and been asked to sign non-disclosure agreements, and Blackstone is expected to have the "book" documenting the Dodgers financial structure ready for distribution next week or the week after.
The question he and othes are asking is this:
"Does McCourt really intend to sell or is he still seeking a way to retain ownership?"
This is the way these theorists are starting to see it:
--Although McCourt has a year to go under his current television contract with Fox, he has been seeking permission to negotiate with other media outlets. Fox has opposed that procedure, figuring it would ultimately negotiate a new contract wiith a new owner. The dispute has gone to mediation, a process that was supposed to end last week but was extended through the current week, suggesting that some form of progress is being made. Suppose McCourt emerges with an extension with Fox or the right to pursue a multi year, multi million dollar deal with another media outlet.
One thing seems beyond speculation or theory: If the Dodgers are going to have a new owner it will not happen by opening day.