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Bud Selig is freaking out about the McCourts

Sep 15, 2010, 11:34 AM EDT

Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times reports that Bud Selig is not at all happy that the McCourt case is still dragging on:

. . . according to four people who have spoken with him, Selig is dismayed at
the public spectacle surrounding the divorce and concerned about the
potential for lasting damage to the league and its flagship West Coast
franchise. He has told those people he wants the Dodgers’ ownership
situation resolved long before his scheduled retirement in 2012.

The rest of the article is spent musing over what, if any, options Selig and Major League Baseball have to hasten the resolution of this mess.  The answer seems to be “none.” He can’t force a sale because that would foment more litigation — probably from Frank — and could harm the value of the team even worse than it’s currently being harmed. He can’t intervene in the lawsuit even if the court would let him — which I doubt it would — because that would make things even messier.

I guess the only thing he can do is to make sure that he doesn’t allow someone to buy a baseball team on store credit again, thereby preventing this from repeating itself in the future.  Because people with cash know how to deal with ugly litigation: they settle it. Quietly.

  1. walk - Sep 15, 2010 at 12:08 PM

    If bud was concerned about “lasting damage to the league” i suspect he would have other areas of the game to address before he had any time to spare for a divorce battle.

  2. scatterbrian - Sep 15, 2010 at 2:21 PM

    Exactly what I was thinking. Eagerly awaiting comment from Old Gator….

  3. Utley's hair - Sep 15, 2010 at 2:23 PM

    Like his commissionership.

  4. Old Gator - Sep 15, 2010 at 3:09 PM

    Bud’s already got a memorial statue in front of the stadium he managed to get built over the clear objections of the Milwaukee electorate, so as long as he’s already got a memorial, what’s the point of lingering when he’s been so pointedly invited to go into the light? The best thing Bud Light could do for the the league in which baseball is actually played, and for the designatedhitterball league as well, and for the offended aesthetic sensibilities of all of us who are tired of watching him drool on himself, would be to leave an incoherent note about how much he loved the game, how it is a far, far better (not to mention logical) thing he does than anything he has done before, tie one end of a rope around his neck and the other around one of his bankbooks and throw himself out of the league office window. I only quibble over bowels in or bowels out.

  5. scatterbrian - Sep 15, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    Don’t forget the obligatory “baseball is more popular now than it ever was before”

  6. Old Gator - Sep 15, 2010 at 6:12 PM

    He can hang that sign around his neck when he takes the dive.

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