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MLB wants judge to force Dodgers' sale

Posted on: September 23, 2011 5:59 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

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.

"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."
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.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 8:29 pm
 

MLB wants judge to force Dodgers' sale

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Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: September 25, 2011 12:25 am
 

MLB wants judge to force Dodgers' sale

I hope this plan by MLB works. Cant go thru another season of McBankrupt ownership. Selig you have to take alot of the blame for this Dodgers mess too. Now, don't screw it up again finding the next owner of the Dodgers. I say give Dennis Gilbert a shot. Let him put together a group of loaded LA businessmen to take over. 



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: September 24, 2011 5:27 pm
 

MLB wants judge to force Dodgers' sale

Let Mark Cuban buy them- he always does lots for the cities in which he's in and he's a briliant Indiana Univ Grad.



Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: September 24, 2011 2:56 am
 

MLB wants judge to force Dodgers' sale

First @balrog Selig has every legal right to strip McDork on ownership of the franchise the Los Angeles Dodgers.  A parent organization can strip a franchisee of his franchise for violating the terms of the franchise agreement.  McDork is a walking violation of the laws of nature but Bud doesn't enforce those.  It is the same if you own a Subway shop or a Firestone Tires or a MLB team.

@argo bankruptcy has no bearing on Selig's ability to strip the franchise from McDork.  The only thing bankruptcy court does is delay the inevitable.  There is no way McDork emerges from this with ownership of the Dodgers.

@lumpoco McDork is not wealthy, smart, or successful.

Back @argo the City of Los Angeles regurgitated   Al Davis and the Faders back to Chokeland.

McDork is still trying to use the Dodgers as his own personal piggy bank/ponzi scheme.



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: September 23, 2011 9:24 pm
 

MLB wants judge to force Dodgers' sale

Come back to Brooklyn where you never should of left....
Actually, some years ago there was a novel called The Man Who Brought the Dodgers Back to Brooklyn, or something like that.  (I'm not making this up.)  It hypothesized that a former Brooklyn pitcher bought the team, rebuilt Ebbets Field, and moved the club back.  He appoints his former catcher the manager, they sign the first female major-league pitcher, the manager falls in love with her, etc., etc.  (Well, I'm not going to tell the whole plot!)  Some fun, actually.
Outlandish?  Hey, didn't somebody move the Raiders back to Oakland?  Anybody remember where from?  I can't quite recall . . .



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: September 23, 2011 9:16 pm
 

MLB wants judge to force Dodgers' sale

MLB wants McCourt to sell the Dodgers very badly. What if Mark Cuban buys the team. Will MLB approve of the deal? We all know how much hate MLB officials have for wealthy, smart AND successful businessmen.



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: September 23, 2011 9:06 pm
 

MLB wants judge to force Dodgers' sale

Yes, you read that correctly. Major League Baseball is threatening to kick the Dodgers out of the league.
Somehow, I have a feeling that MLB will have a difficult time getting the bankruptcy judge to approve that one--and they almost certainly would need the court's approval, since kicking the Dodgers out of the league would itself be a sort of--you know--change in their contract, to say the least? 

Frankly, I wish McCourt would sell, as well.  But everyone's got to understand that bankruptcy changes the rules that everyone's used to and a bankruptcy court's orders trump almost any existing contract between the bankrupcy debtor and its creditors.  So you can't end the discussion by just saying, "MLB won't allow this or that."  It's not all up to MLB now, unfortunately.

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.
When did they write that part--three months ago?  Nothing in this quote is new.  In fact, McCourt did come up with a TV deal back then, and MLB already rejected it (before the bankruptcy filing), so what's new?  Is he now going to come up with a REALLY big TV contract, propose to front-load it, and use that money to pay off the club's debts and for his divorce?

By the way, keep in mind for what it's worth that it's the club that's the debtor in bankruptcy; McCourt himself isn't.  So the bankruptcy court has no obligation to protect him.



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: September 23, 2011 9:02 pm
 

MLB wants judge to force Dodgers' sale

This is what I'm talking about. Frank McCourt has no business putting the Dodgers in this sh*thole. All season long, Dodger fans wondered why our beloved Dodger team was not performing to its potential. I can now honestly say this is such a major impact on the players, the fans, the whole organization. The only two pieces of sh*t who have ruined our beloved team are Frank & Jamie "I can't afford to pay for my 5.5 million a month haircut without taking down our team's finances" McCourt. Yo, i can't wait to service these two crackheads. I plan to stick it to them uptheir arse!! Who's with me?Yell


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