They might not know a curve ball from a curl pattern, but NFL owners were understandably excited Wednesday by the news from Major League Baseball.
Owners hustled to waiting limousines at around noon, as the NFL concluded its annual meetings, but many paused to seek out reporters to confirm the news that the Los Angeles Dodgers have been sold for a shade over $2 billion to a group that includes former NBA star Magic Johnson and longtime baseball executive Stan Kasten.
In the corridors of the posh, old-money hotel where the meetings were convened, decorum typically reigns. But privately, NFL owners were clicking their heels at the news from the West Coast, several acknowledged.
"I might even start looking at the (baseball) standings when the season starts," said one AFC owner. "This is pretty big for us."
In fact, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell termed the Dodgers' sale "an extraordinary price. ... I really don't have anything beyond that."
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