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It’s getting ugly between Frank McCourt and Major League Baseball

Apr 27, 2011, 7:19 PM EDT

Combination of file photos of MLB commissioner Bud Selig and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt

As mentioned this morning, Frank McCourt flew to New York today to meet with MLB officials — Bud Selig not included — to plead his case for control of the team. A few minutes ago he held a press conference about it, in which he said that his “hard-earned money and my family’s blood, sweat and tears” had gone into the Dodgers and that baseball’s takeover was “just not right.”

McCourt was defiant, saying “Nobody handed the Dodgers to me and nobody’s going to take it away.”  He added, in what can only be viewed as a threat, that he was going to “protect [his] rights, obviously” and was “committed to [his] position.”  He said “I’m not going anywhere.” He also went into the proposed television rights deal with FOX, saying that it will provide “complete stability for the Los Angeles Dodgers for the next two decades,” and decrying what he called Bud Selig’s “veto” of the deal.

Approximately 15 minutes ago, Major League Baseball issued the following statement in response:

“It is unfortunate that Mr. McCourt felt it necessary to publicize the content of a private meeting. It is even more unfortunate that Mr. McCourt’s public recitation was not accurate. Most fundamental, Commissioner Selig did not ‘veto’ a proposed transaction. Rather, Mr. McCourt was clearly told that the Commissioner would make no decision on any transaction until after his investigation into the Club and its finances is complete so that he can properly evaluate all of the facts and circumstances.

“Equally important, there has been no seizure of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Mr. Scheiffer has been appointed as a monitor, and a multi-page written directive from the Commissioner describing his role has been provided to Mr. McCourt. In our meeting, no one from the Dodgers asked a single, specific question about the terms of the document setting forth the monitor’s role. “Finally, Mr. McCourt is well aware of the basis of Baseball’s investigation and has been provided an eight-page document describing the issues of concern to Major League Baseball.”

This is not going to end well. McCourt clearly does not see Tom Schieffer’s role with the club as legitimate. Meanwhile, the more McCourt talks about his deal with FOX, the less likely it is that anyone at MLB is going to give it the time of day, if they ever were going to in the first place.

If this ends without McCourt suing baseball I’d be shocked.

  1. tomemos - Apr 27, 2011 at 7:29 PM

    Boy, that’s a Qaddafi-esque level of denial right there.

    • Old Gator - Apr 27, 2011 at 7:58 PM

      I dunno. I’d say, rather, that Quaddafi was being McCourtly. After all, Quaddifi is still solvent.

  2. paperlions - Apr 27, 2011 at 8:15 PM

    Does McCourt know what a hard-earned dollar is?
    I rather doubt he remembers, though he used to be familiar with the concept.

    • APBA Guy - Apr 27, 2011 at 8:23 PM

      Hard borrowed dollar?

  3. Roger Moore - Apr 27, 2011 at 8:22 PM

    The problem is that the Fox deal is barely big enough to get the Dodgers’ heads above water, while it should be enough to finance a really competitive team. It doesn’t help that they’re going to go even deeper into debt to buy out Jamie’s share, and every penny they get from Fox makes the buyout bigger.

    • paperlions - Apr 27, 2011 at 8:27 PM

      Plus, the deal severely devalues the franchise should the need arise to sell it. The long-term deal will make it complicated for a suitable owner to do what McCourt should have done…start a regional sports network with the Dodgers as a centerpiece.
      He’s essentially selling future profits in an attempt to break even now, and with such a crappy deal for the biggest revenue generating mechanisms for teams in big markets, he’s cutting himself off at the knees.

      • iamnotacoolguy - Apr 27, 2011 at 10:59 PM

        As “smart” a businessman as he allegedly is, this Fox deal is terrible for the Dodgers and for MLB. Luckily the brain trust at MLB, so far, seem to be smart enough to realize what a terrible deal this is. You are absolutely right, the NEXT owner should start a regional sports network. I am not a Dodgers fan, but it is really sad that he has taken this proud franchise, with all their rich history, to these sad depths. It is truly shameful what McCourt, and to a lesser extent Bud Selig, have done to get the Dodgers to this point.

  4. koufaxmitzvah - Apr 27, 2011 at 9:20 PM

    I am glad to see a reference to the “blood, sweat and tears” put in by his family– the wife whom he fired as soon as the season ended, and the children whom didn’t earn any of the Dodgers dollars they made. What a sick shmuck.

  5. ernestbynershands - Apr 27, 2011 at 9:25 PM

    Typical douche bag real-estate developer. Give me money to pay someone to do the work and make the checks payable to me.
    If it was another franchise, I’d love to see MLB fold it just to screw this loudmouthed bunghole.
    His family probably never worked a day and has done nothing to deserve the riches they have.

  6. luckywi - Apr 27, 2011 at 11:00 PM

    Yeah, we all know how much Bud likes to be called out in public. This should work well for McCourt.

  7. bigtrav425 - Apr 27, 2011 at 11:10 PM

    i hope he does sue…maybe that will get rid of Selig quicker

  8. cur68 - Apr 27, 2011 at 11:21 PM

    You gotta admire the sheer nards on McCourt, eh? What gall. That line about his “hard-earned money and my family’s blood, sweat and tears”? Just the fact that he didn’t burst into flames says it all; the dude is a demon because any human uttering such bare faced untruth should spontaneously combust. He is, in the immortal words of Al Franken, a lying liar who lies. And we all know who the father of lies is, don’t we.

  9. cup0pizza - Apr 28, 2011 at 12:14 AM

    McCourt is such a tool. Worst owner in sports.

  10. stankfinger - Apr 28, 2011 at 4:26 AM

    Did anyone see if the face lift sutures popped off his angry face?

  11. mrznyc - Apr 28, 2011 at 8:37 AM

    Two teams in very deep doody, Dodgers and Mets – Two owners who just happen to be real estate “Tycoons.”

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