08/08/2012 04:24 pm ET

How Magic Johnson Convinced Peter Guber To Join His Dodgers Bid - The Hollywood Reporter

Mandalay Entertainment Group CEO Peter Guber didn’t want buy the Dodgers, but a call from his longtime friend and business partner Earvin “Magic” Johnson helped change his mind.

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Guber had actually considered buying the team once before, and it didn’t work out. He had been approached in the early 2000s and declined to join Frank McCourt in his effort to purchase the team from News Corp., which the Boston businessman later did in 2004.