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Fox Sports sues Dodgers over rights to TV deal

Posted on: September 28, 2011 1:27 pm
Edited on: September 28, 2011 1:28 pm
 
McCourt
By Evan Brunell

Fox Sports has sued Dodgers owner Frank McCourt over the television rights sale that is currently pending between the two parties, the Los Angeles Times writes.

This television deal has been at the heart of the crisis with the Dodgers. McCourt is trying to hold onto ownership of the Dodgers after using it as his personal piggy bank during his marriage, and then seeing all his finances fall into disrepair thanks to a high-profile divorce. Baseball has been trying to force McCourt out of Los Angeles because of his shoddy financial planning, but McCourt refuses to do so. At the heart of the issue is a deal McCourt negotiated with Fox that would give the Dodgers the funds to survive. However, MLB and commissioner Bud Selig refuse to approve the deal because McCourt has already had his chance, plus part of the proceeds from the new TV deal would go toward paying off McCourt's divorce, not to the team.

The suit asks the judge to reject any sale of the Dodgers that does not meet the guidelines of the current TV contract, which gives Fox exclusive negotiating rights through Nov. 2012 as well as being able to match any offer. McCourt has proposed an auction process for television rights that do not abide by the current deal. Fox is also asking for damages, saying that the team has already violated the contract by sharing confidential broadcast rights information, even after being warned. The Dodgers, unsurprisingly, disagree.

McCourt is also trying to fend off a suit from MLB asking the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to order the sale of the Dodgers due to financial issues and mismanagement. L>A., in return, is asking for an extensive discovery phase in which they would be allowed to review sensitive financial documents of baseball and baseball teams in order to prove that Selig has a grudge against McCourt and the Dodgers.

"The commissioner asserts that 'Major League Baseball believes a sale of the Dodgers is necessary,' " the Dodgers' filing reads. The Dodgers "are entitled … to probe whether this view is genuine or merely a pretext ... particularly in view of the paramount policy of the bankruptcy laws of the United States to promote reorganizations and prevent liquidations.  ...

"The Dodgers are guaranteed to complete the current season with a winning record," the filing read, "and its player development system appears to have generated the leading contenders for the National League Most Valuable Player and Cy Young Awards. It is, therefore, not self-evident that [the Dodgers are] acting in anything but in the best interests of the Dodgers or of baseball more generally."

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 6:20 pm
 

Fox Sports sues Dodgers over rights to TV deal

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Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: October 1, 2011 9:45 am
 

Fox Sports sues Dodgers over rights to TV deal

You need to read MLB's by-laws!  It lays out what you can and cannot do whle in ownership of a baseball team.  McCourt can't say he wasn't warned.  MLB and Selig did everything short of camping out on McC's doorstep in telling that "FOOL" to watch his step in regards to his spending of the Dodgers assets.  No team owner can 'spend a team into the ground', as you say and have it not effect MLB. Any financial action that is deemed flagrant by one team towards the whole or sum of Major League Baseball can effect the working parts of the league.  That includes such items as scheuling, contracts, rules etc.  I suggest you go online and read up on the rules and by-laws of MLB.  It may take you a better part of two to three days.   There is a lot to read and much of it is in attorney-speak.  So have an attorney ready if you don't understand the meaning of some rules and laws.  They are a humdinger!!!      
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Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: September 29, 2011 4:22 pm
 

Fox Sports sues Dodgers over rights to TV deal

I dont understand how a man uses his money to buy a team and then spends money of the team that he owns is illegal.Then i dont understand how baseball can stop a deal for a team that he owns to make money for his team. It makes no sense. If i own a company and want to run it in the ground it would be dumb but it is mine i should be able to do it.

He has evry right to do what you just said. He just cant do it with a team that is part of MLB. He can start his own independent team. Run it into the ground. And nobody will give to craps about it... 



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: September 29, 2011 4:20 pm
 

Fox Sports sues Dodgers over rights to TV deal

Selig and MLB  baseball have no rights to take over the dodgers , and most people (except dodger fans ) agree , especailly when Selig bends of backwards for that  mess in New York in which his buddy and the mets are way off worse than the dodgers , Besides if dodger fans  keep crying about history . Then so be it move them Bums back to Brooklyn where they belong

MOST PEOPLE AGREE? Your the very 1st person Ive heard say that.  



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: September 29, 2011 8:53 am
 

Feel sorry for LA

I wonder how many people in LA wish McCourt would hire Conrad Murray as his doctor?



Since: Jun 14, 2010
Posted on: September 29, 2011 3:04 am
 

Fox Sports sues Dodgers over rights to TV deal

Folks that say McCourt should be able to get a new tv deal and run his company into the ground........please do some research. He has taken a cornerstone franchise and destroyed it....absolutely ruined it for his own good.  He deserves nothing. 

He separated the team, stadium, concessions, parking lots, ticket sales and tv rights into six different companies to help create a shell game that allowed him to siphon off more than $400 million from the Dodgers for personal uses and shopping sprees while saddling the team with hundreds of millions of debt at the same time.  A new tv deal would give him instant cash to pay off his divorce and personal debt but once again leave the Dodgers saddled with ten of millions in long term debt and a massively undervalued tv/media rights deal. A new tv deal would only help McCourt and cripple the Dodgers.

He leases Dodger Stadium to his own team....yes that's right....the same stadium the Dodgers have owned outright since 1962.

He has jacked up prices for everything and given Dodgers fans a AAA team in return (Kemp and Kershaw alone carried the team to at least 40 wins). McCourt has lied to the city, to the fans, to MLB, to Fox and has gone out of his way to run off every quality employee and has also destroyed the minor league system and scouting system at the same time.  He spent money to buy the team that he never actually had...Fox loaned him the money.  

McCourt is the one of the worst owners in the history of baseball and is a total scumbag street hustler. He is a liar and a bum. He has alienated the entire city and a long standing ultra loyal fanbase. He deserves nothing but a trip back to Boston.



Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: September 29, 2011 2:21 am
 

Fox Sports sues Dodgers over rights to TV deal

I dont understand how a man uses his money to buy a team and then spends money of the team that he owns is illegal.Then i dont understand how baseball can stop a deal for a team that he owns to make money for his team. It makes no sense. If i own a company and want to run it in the ground it would be dumb but it is mine i should be able to do it. 



Since: Jan 27, 2008
Posted on: September 29, 2011 1:11 am
 

Fox Sports sues Dodgers over rights to TV deal

you're an idiot. i live in boston and everyone here believes exactly what you say they don't.


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