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Report: Fox advances Frank McCourt money to help cover Dodgers’ operating expenses

Jan 15, 2011, 8:58 AM EDT

Frank McCourt

According to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, who has been all over this story, Fox has advanced Dodgers owner Frank McCourt money in order to help cover the team’s operating expenses.

Fox owes the Dodgers $35 million for television rights this year, $37 million next year and $39 million in 2013, according to court documents.

Naturally, many find the timing as curious, such as Andy Dolich, a former top executive with the San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Athletics and Memphis Grizzlies.

“It’s a bit odd, because the people and the entities that own these teams usually have the money to operate the team well into the future,” said Dolich, who emphasized that he has not reviewed the Dodgers’ finances or how the McCourt divorce might have affected them.

“Maybe it’s not odd, in terms of what’s going on, but I haven’t heard of a lot of teams that do that.”

Shaikin reports that McCourt has discussed a new television deal with Fox that would likely give him the money he needs to settle his divorce case, but as I wrote last week, Commissioner Bud Selig has the right to reject any such deal.

On a related note, yesterday a judge finalized his ruling in which he threw out a post-nuptial agreement that would have provided McCourt with full ownership of the team.

And so, McCourt is now covered in the short-term, but unless something changes, it still looks like an eventual sale of the team is inevitable.

  1. koufaxmitzvah - Jan 15, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    Thank you, Bud Selig, for this loser of an owner. In your effort to make Los Angeles the new Kansas City, you have instead lost Dodgers fans all around the country. A whole lot of us won’t go so far as to buy a new cap until this carpetbagger goes back to Beantown.

    3 million+ fans a year turned the Chavez Ravine turnstiles, Bud. Don’t expect that until we get new ownership.

  2. cup0pizza - Jan 15, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    Former lifelong Dodger fan here. Sickened by what this franchise has become-a complete joke. As koufaxmitzvah stated, Selig bears a huge amount of responsibility for allowing the chump McBroke to buy this team and finalize the running into the ground that the Fox ownership began. Pathetic.

  3. amsron - Jan 18, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Anyone who would deal with Rupert Murdoch deserves to be tarred and feathered then ridden out of town on a rail…Dodger fans need to express their disgust with all things Fox

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