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Selig: the Dodgers’ financial woes are “historic”

May 20, 2011, 5:29 PM EDT

Frank McCourt AP

Bud Selig gave a commencement speech in Wisconsin today. Before he went on, he referred to the Dodgers’ financial problems as “historic” and, according to the AP, dodged (ha!) speculation that Major League Baseball would assist the Dodgers in any way short of just taking them over when they fail to make payroll later this month.

Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, Frank McCourt yesterday asked the court to issue an order allowing him to sign that TV deal with Fox that he claims is a panacea but which Jamie McCourt and, presumably, Major League Baseball believes is not in the club’s best interests. In that article, Bill Shaikin quotes a “person familiar with Selig’s thinking” as saying that “If he doesn’t make payroll, it’s over.”  Meaning an MLB takeover.  And that will happen before the June hearing date set by the judge.

All of which will be moot if The Rapture does come tomorrow. Otherwise, McCourt’s days at the helm of the Dodgers look to be nearing their own End Times.

  1. Old Gator - May 20, 2011 at 5:42 PM

    Here’s hoping that a one-man Rapture occurs, and that Frank floats up into the sky like Remedios the Beauty in One Hundred Years of Solitude – though unlike Remedios, it will put a stop to having to observe all of McCourt’s dirty laundry.

  2. dogsweat1 - May 20, 2011 at 5:46 PM

    The move to Brooklyn will be epic…

  3. scareduck - May 20, 2011 at 6:12 PM

    Brooklyn? How can FrankenJamie go anywhere when they’re both in jail for tax evasion?

  4. stankfinger - May 20, 2011 at 8:37 PM

    McCourt’s face looks like Robocop’s when the mask came off. That’s not a compliment.

    • joecool16280 - May 20, 2011 at 9:25 PM

      That’s awesome dude.

      • stankfinger - May 20, 2011 at 11:18 PM

        O, ty.

  5. rcali - May 20, 2011 at 9:56 PM

    You can only take money out of the cash register for so long. The Fox deal just puts a lot more money in that register to be used to buy more houses and toys. Of course, this time he wouldn’t do that, right?

  6. micker716 - May 21, 2011 at 12:28 AM

    One thing I’m pretty sure we don’t need to worry about is Frank (or Jamie) ascending to heaven tomorrow.

  7. cup0pizza - May 21, 2011 at 2:37 AM

    Worst. Owner. Ever.

    • jwbiii - May 21, 2011 at 5:30 AM

      Nah. If he were to sell Kemp, Ethier, Billingsley, Broxton, and Kershaw to the Giants then he might be close.

  8. addict2sport - May 21, 2011 at 9:35 AM

    would be great to see McCourt open up a financial advisement company with Dykstra

  9. mrznyc - May 21, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    One down (Dodgers) and one to go (Mets)

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