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MLB's termination threat nothing new

Posted on: June 28, 2011 7:19 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2011 7:46 pm
By Evan Brunell

If Major League Baseball does indeed file a motion to seize control of the Dodgers, as the Associated Press is reporting, Commissioner Bud Selig will have to assert his intention to terminate the franchise.

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Let's get the obvious out of the way: The Dodgers will not be terminated in the literal sense of the word. Baseball will continue to be played in Chavez Ravine for quite some time. This is all legal wrangling going on behind the scenes and would serve to clear out Frank McCourt and the mess he has wrought. Still, "terminating a franchise" is quite the attention-grabber, and it is not the first time baseball has threatened to terminate a franchise.

As Biz of Baseball detailed yesterday in a history of recent bankrupties in baseball, the same threat was used against the Texas Rangers before they were eventually sold to a group with Chuck Greenberg (since departed) and Nolan Ryan at the head. During a conference call with Judge Michael Lynn, an MLB lawyer said "If [Lynn] doesn’t confirm the (bankruptcy) plan, we’ll just terminate the franchise. We'll take over the g--damn franchise."

The judge later yelled at the lawyers in a hearing, but the threat obviously subsided. Baseball has only taken over a team once before, when the Montreal Expos became wards prior to the move to Washington. Montreal owner Jeffrey Loria took over the Marlins, with John Henry moving to Boston.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:01 pm

MLB's termination threat nothing new

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Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: June 28, 2011 8:55 pm

MLB's termination threat nothing new

And we all thank god they couldn't get those 2 teams, as we see why their bad for baseball. And MLB had no way to know Frank McCourt would make the LA Dodgers his own personal piggy bank. MLB was expecting him to be as professional as other MLB team owners. Seems like MLB needs to have a stricter screening policy for potential buyers and not just potential drug users.

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: June 28, 2011 8:53 pm

MLB's termination threat nothing new

The McCourt’s bought the Dodgers with borrowed money. He is use to the real estate version of investing. In real estate you purchase a property with the least down as possible. Over time your investment would appreciate in value.

McCourt did not understand that the appreciation would be longer than thought.

Also you may not borrower to keep your investment afloat. There is a sacrifice that must be made before you are able to realize a profit from your investment and earn a living off t his profit.

The Dodgers, at one time was the crème of the la crème in baseball. It must pain the O’Mally family member that are still here to see the depths this franchise had fallen since they sold the franchise.

I would be pleased to see Mr and Mrs McCourt long gone from the Dodgers, so there would be an owner that know about baseball.

As I understand it Steve Garvey Orel (The Bull Dog) has put together a group of investors that would buy the Dodgers.

At least someone would know the history of the franchise and perhaps take the franchise back to the top of major league baseball.


Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: June 28, 2011 8:46 pm

MLB's termination threat nothing new

is there audio available of the judge yelling at the lawyers?  who doesnt enjoy that?

Since: Apr 27, 2009
Posted on: June 28, 2011 8:11 pm

MLB's termination threat nothing new

At some point isn't the MLB and Bud Selig culpable for the mess with the McCourt's?

The commissioner and the MLB hold the responsibility of vetting any prospective owner and the devil itself is in the details.

Where did the deal go bad? Before or after the McCourts were given the thumbs up by the MLB?

It would be very interesting to see what information was included and what might have been overlooked by the league given that

the McCourt's had made attempts to purchase the Boston Redsox and the Anaheim Angels prior to purchasing the Los Angeles

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