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The judge warns Frank and Jamie McCourt: shape up or I'll order the Dodgers sold

Jul 15, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

Right after I got done reading that giant McCourts article posted below, I read Bill Shaikin’s article in the Los Angeles Times which reports the judge in the McCourts’ divorce case saying — contrary to what Frank McCourt has been insisting for months — that the Dodgers may have to go on the block:

“The parties are unintentionally pushing the court toward an interesting
position — selling the asset which is being fought over”

That comment comes after months of wrangling over legal fees and arguments between Frank and Jamie in which each of them tried to portray themselves — at varying times — as the richer or the poorer than the other, depending on which tack suited them at the time.

As the legal experts in the article note, the judge’s comment about the team having to go up for sale were most likely a warning to Frank and Jamie to stop their bickering. A nuclear option, if you will, that probably won’t be taken but could be if everyone doesn’t start behaving first. But even if it’s unlikely, it is most certainly something the judge could order if things get bad enough.

And after everything we’ve seen with the Rangers, the last thing anyone wants to go through at this point is another acrimonious franchise sale.

  1. aleskel - Jul 15, 2010 at 10:42 AM

    man, between these pieces of work and Newscorp, Walter O’Malley doesn’t look so bad now does he?

  2. beezo - Jul 15, 2010 at 11:42 AM

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE order the sale of the dodgers. Or just order McCourt to spend some goddam money on the biggest market in the NL.

  3. Old Gator - Jul 15, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    Who doesn’t want to go through it? The sports press? Aww, c’mon…and I’m having a blast watching these bagatelles unfold. Macondo itself has a history of great divorce fiascoes – spouses routinely get packed off to hard time for ordering up hits on their exes; we once had an mayor arrested for braining his wife with a teakettle. If I’m not mistaken Scrooge McLoria himself recently either separated or got divorced. Cleanly? I dunno. But all it would take to make Macondo a perfect sports dystopia is for some local judge to order the Feesh sold to someone who wanted to make the team a legitimate winner.

  4. APBA Guy - Jul 15, 2010 at 12:14 PM

    C’mon Craig, it’s LA, baby. Everyone wants to see the dirty laundry (Didn’t Don Henley already say that?). Nobody even blinked at the McCourt’s spending habits. We’re hooked on the action, let’s sell this thing!

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