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Frank McCourt met with executives from the commissioner’s office this week

Jan 8, 2011, 10:06 AM EDT

Frank McCourt

According to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, Dodgers owner Frank McCourt met with executives from the commissioner’s office — but not the commissioner himself — from Monday through Wednesday at MLB headquarters in New York.

The topic du jour? McCourt, who requested the meetings, outlined his plans for retaining control of the Dodgers as he continues to go through divorce proceedings with Jamie McCourt. As we learned last month, a judge threw out a post-nuptial agreement between the two that would have granted Frank full ownership of the team.

Frank filed an objection to the ruling, but as it stands right now, he would have to pay Jamie a significant amount of money in order to keep the team. It’s not exactly clear what options were discussed this week, but Shaikin speculates that that he could get hundreds of millions of dollars by either negotiating a new television deal or selling a minority share of the team, then using that money to settle his divorce.

The thing is, Bud Selig could reject any new television deal or partnership agreement. He could also reject short-term financing available to owners from MLB.

If that wasn’t bad enough, it sounds like he is losing support of other MLB owners.

“I can’t imagine one vote going against Bud on anything having to do with the Dodgers,” said the owner, who declined to be identified because Selig has not authorized him to speak on the issue.

In other words, Bud Selig may not force Frank to put the Dodgers up for sale, but he could make it very difficult for him to have any other choice.

  1. Old Gator - Jan 8, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    This is really turning into quite a show – the true tabloid-era reductio ad absurdem of everything that’s cockamamie about the business of baseball. ESPN ought to put together the team that brought us The Bronx is Burning and start scoping out a six-part miniseries about the Twilight of the Bums.

    In the posts that follow, DJ Short will entertain suggestions for titles for the series, as well as suggestions for casting it. Winners will receive battery-powered disco balls to hang from their living room ceilings.

  2. apbaguy - Jan 8, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    Taylor Swift as young Jamie and Richard Gere as Frank, with Jamie gradually aging into Gwyneth Paltrow, and finally Joan Allen. Frank never ages, though his hair color changes and his wardrobe improves. The ghost of Aaron Spelling produces, from a script by the ghost of Sidney Sheldon entitled “You Parked in My Lot”, the hilarious misadventures of two crazy kids from New England who moved to the glitz and glamor of LA with stars in their eyes.

  3. stankfinger - Jan 8, 2011 at 8:06 PM


  4. rick1922 - Jan 9, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    HE never was a good owner time for him to sell.Goodbye FRANK you were a jerk from the start.

  5. stankfinger - Jan 9, 2011 at 8:45 PM

    If Frank put a tenth of what he spends in plastic surgery into the team the Dodgers might actually be better than a perennial .500 team. Sell the team Frank. You’re not a baseball fan. Nobody in LA likes you.

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