The ongoing feud between Major League Baseball and embattled Dodgers owner Frank McCourt took a huge step forward Friday. The MLB has asked a federal bankruptcy judge to order McCourt to sell the Dodgers (LATimes.com). A hearing is set for October 12.
McCourt is hoping to come up with a big TV deal that will enable him to retain ownership of the Dodgers, but MLB commissioner Bud Selig has the power to refuse approval of any deal, and is apparently planning on exercising that power. From there, the MLB reportedly plans to strip McCourt from ownership of the Dodgers once the team is no longer in bankruptcy protection.
"Mr. McCourt cannot hide the Dodgers in bankruptcy forever," the MLB filing read (LATimes.com).
One of MLB's biggest concerns is that McCourt has no other significant source of income, so the money he makes from the Dodgers will be used to help settle his messy divorce with Jamie McCourt and this isn't acceptable to Selig and company.
In case anyone is unsure that Major League Baseball means business, check this out, via LATimes.com:
The filing also cites three other grounds for possible MLB action against McCourt, including the Dodgers' dismissal of league-appointed trustee Tom Schieffer upon filing for bankruptcy.Yes, you read that correctly. Major League Baseball is threatening to kick the Dodgers out of the league. Now, this wouldn't be contraction, it would be a suspension and it's doubtful things come to this. It's just an illustration of how far Selig's office will do to wash their hands of McCourt.
"No one will pay the [Dodgers] to broadcast Dodgers games if the club is not part of Major League Baseball," the filing reads. "Consequently, the [Dodgers'] path in this case is a dead end or worse."
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