Los Angeles, CA April 21 (Rooters)
The quest for a new operating officer for the Los Angeles Dodgers has begun.
On Wednesday, Dodgers owner, Frank McCourt, lost control of the struggling franchise amidst his very public divorce with estranged wife and former CEO of the team, Jaime McCourt. With “deep concerns for the finances and operations,” MLB Commissioner Bud Selig announced that he would be appointing a representative to oversee the day-to-day operations of the Dodgers.
In an effort to find this representative, while also generating revenue for the franchise, Selig announced a deal with the MLB Network to broadcast the search via a new reality series, “Who Wants to Own the Dodgers?”
In the vein of popular formats like American Idol and The Apprentice, the show will be a competition among 10 contestants vying for the coveted position of running the Dodgers organization. Contestants will be put through grueling tasks (ie, driving to and from Chavez Ravine on game day) with 1 contestant being eliminated per show via voting from the general public.
The show will be hosted by former Dodger Mike Piazza, as no one else wanted the position, and quite frankly, Mike wasn’t doing anything else with his time.
“I wasn’t sure if I wanted celebrities on the show or ordinary Joes” Selig explains, “so I opted for a mixture of both.”
After a screening process of 3 hours among tens of applicants, the final 10 were narrowed down to 8 ordinary Joes and 2 celebrities, Haley Joel Osment, most famous for his role as the creepy kid who sees ghosts in “The Sixth Sense” and Brian Wilson’s Beard.
With Brian Wilson’s Beard currently the only one holding down a job, it is not considered a favorite to win the competition.
“Who Wants to Own the Dodgers?” will begin airing Monday nights at 9pm ET.