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More on the McCourts' divorce

Feb 14, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

If you’re a Dodgers fan, or simply love tracking millionaire divorce proceedings, Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports has a massive Sunday column chock-full of updates on the ongoing marital battle between Frank and Jamie McCourt.

The proceedings have obviously centered around ownership of the Dodgers and the two sides have very different ideas of how the franchise should be divvied up.  In a nutshell, Frank wants sole ownership of the club while Jamie is requesting half.  Interestingly, entertainment lawyer Bert Fields believes the Dodgers will be better off as a whole if Jamie gets her way.

“Unlike Jamie, I don’t think Frank is willing to spend what Jamie will
to keep them competitive,” Fields said. “You might ask him how much
money he took out of the organization last year. You might be surprised.
Rather than spend it on pitching.”

The Dodgers have a solid core of young stars with Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, Clayton Kershaw and Jonathan Broxton in tow, but it has been an uninspiring offseason in Los Angeles thus far.  There are legitimate concerns that the McCourts’ messy divorce will leave the club without a clearly defined budget and without much direction at the top.  Those youngsters have to be re-signed eventually.

  1. JoeT - Feb 14, 2010 at 4:27 PM

    I read that column just now, or rather I speed read through half of it. Nothing new, just same old speculative crap. And now your including thoughts of entertainment lawyers. The Dodgers will be allright. Isn’t it amazing that even though the team is going through some bumps that they are still outperforming most other teams both on and off the field. Don’t be a hater.

  2. Old Gator - Feb 14, 2010 at 6:59 PM

    It sounds more and more like Frank McCourt is going to do to the Dodgers what Frank Lorenzo did to Eastern Air Lines. I hope that when she gets into court she cuts his cogliones off, has them platinum plated and wears one on each ear. Maybe it’s time for MLB to intercede “for the good of the game” and run the Bums the way they ran the Gnats and their earlier incarnation, the Expose until the judge gets finished with the surgery. Now that ought to stabilize the situation – the way the La Brea tar pit stabilizes a dire wolf carcass.

  3. bjmacay - Feb 14, 2010 at 10:01 PM

    This scenario already happened in San Diego. You need a one hundred percent commited ownership. Fifty fity will not work.

  4. JoeT - Feb 14, 2010 at 10:06 PM

    Why do you wish that? Do you have some kind of strange fetishes. “Intercede for the good of the game.” What have you been smoking. Never mind. It’s obvious. Stick to watching Judge Judy or some other gossipy crap.

  5. Journalism or PR? - Feb 14, 2010 at 11:39 PM

    So, Jamie’s lawyer Bert Fields calls up somebody who used to work for Jamie, who “has a personal relationship” with Tim Brown (per the disclosure at the bottom of the article).
    Brown’s friend gets Tim on the phone. Bert Fields tells Brown that Jamie would spend more on players than Frank would.
    Of course he’d say that… he’s trying to spin the media for Jamie’s benefit.
    Brown falls for it, and prints the story.
    The only thing worse that Brown publishing it, is the fact that you pulled that quote and printed it here.

  6. BC - Feb 15, 2010 at 9:17 AM

    “…. will leave the club without a clearly defined budget and without much direction at the top.”
    Hmm. Sounds like the Mets.

  7. Old Gator - Feb 15, 2010 at 9:52 AM

    You are clearly not an alert student of modern civilization or you would know that there are no more strange fetishes. Everything is permissible, even transcripts of Sarah Palin speeches. If you had listened to the interview with McCourt last week, where he sounded like a cross between Ron Ziegler, Professor Irwin Corey and George Bush working a press conference without his teleprompter (not that it ever helped him much anyway), you’d’ve wished someone would cut his balls off too. And I haven’t been a Dodger fan since 1956, when they set out for California at the head of the Donner Party.

  8. Siu Diamond - Feb 27, 2010 at 5:39 PM

    Hey… Things look a little screwy

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