Just call him Dr. Sports

Modern Healthcare - - OUTLIERS -

It’s ap­par­ently not enough that Dr. Pa­trick Soon-shiong owns a small share of the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers, that he’s a co-in­ven­tor of the breast can­cer drug Abrax­ane, and that he started his own dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy com­pany last year. Now the bil­lion­aire-phi­lan­thropist-sur­geon wants a piece of some Ma­jor League Base­ball ac­tion, with plans to be in on a bid for the Dodgers. ( Out­liers can’t help but ob­serve that he’d be nat­u­ral for team doc­tor.)

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive for SoonShiong told the Los An­ge­les Times re­cently that he will “ab­so­lutely par­tic­i­pate” in the bid for the Dodgers. In ad­di­tion, the news­pa­per re­ports that Soon-shiong is also in­ter­ested in in­vest­ing in an NFL team if one were to move to L.A.

Soon-shiong founded Nant­works in Septem­ber. Last week, the com­pany said it had ac­quired Bos­ton Life Labs, which pro­vides hard­ware and soft­ware prod­ucts used in pa­tient tele-mon­i­tor­ing. No word on if the en­tre­pre­neur­ial doc, who tied last year with Steve Jobs for No. 39 on the Forbes 400 list of rich­est Amer­i­cans, has any base­ball-themed tech­nol­ogy in the wings.

GETTY IMAGES

When bil­lion­aires col­lide: Dal­las Mav­er­icks owner Mark Cuban hangs with Soon-shiong at a Lak­ers game last year. Now Soon-shiong is think­ing base­ball.

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