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Report: Major League Baseball rejects the Dodgers-Fox deal

Jun 20, 2011, 1:06 PM EST

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

UPDATE: Now it’s official, with Shaikin and everyone else reporting that Major League Baseball has, in fact, rejected the Dodgers-Fox deal and that Frank McCourt has, in fact, been notified of it.

So now it’s go-time.

1:06 PM: Um, OK, Bill Shaikin reports that MLB has not notified McCourt of any decision on Fox deal. Shaikin is usually right, but then again, so is Tim Brown, so who the heck knows?

12:56 PM: All that’s left now is for the lawsuit to be filed.

Yahoo!’s Tim Brown reports that Major League Baseball has notified Frank McCourt that it will not approve the Dodgers’ 17-year television deal with Fox.  This will (a) put the kibosh on the McCourt’s divorce settlement, which hinged on the deal’s approval; and (b) all but ensure that the Dodgers won’t make their end of the month payroll. When that happens, baseball will likely seize and sell the Dodgers.

The biggest question here: does Frank wait until that happens to sue, or does he sue now, claiming that Major League Baseball interfered with his ability to run his baseball team?  My guess is on the latter. My guess is also that he’s had the papers to that effect drawn up for some time.

It’s about to get real in L.A., folks.

  1. Jonny 5 - Jun 20, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    In the photos above, Selig looks like the dog in “grumpy old men” after his meal of Hormel Chili, and McCourt kinda looks just like spuds McKenzie.. Hmmm?

    • halladaysbicepts - Jun 20, 2011 at 1:45 PM

      To me, Jonny 5, it looks like Selig is struggling to take a dump.

      • bigbbfan - Jun 20, 2011 at 3:16 PM

        Well, dump is the operative word…MLB should dump Selig. He runs baseball like it was his own. Compare treatment of Dodgers to that of New York Mets where the owners have been accused of being complicit in Madoff’s ponzi scheme, yet Selig had done nothing…..

  2. Kevin S. - Jun 20, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Bill Shaikin is reporting that MLB has not notified McCourt of any decision on the FOX deal: http://twitter.com/#!/BillShaikin/status/82856213594914816

  3. deep64blue - Jun 20, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    Hope it’s true – Bud Selig getting something right for once!!

  4. andyreidisfat - Jun 20, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    I dunno why can’t this guy sign a TV deal. I guess i just don’t get why he is not allowed to. Seems more like the league just doesn’t want this guy to own this team. I don’t know much about the situation, but i am not sure how MLB can tell an owner that they cant sign a TV deal.

    • Kevin S. - Jun 20, 2011 at 1:40 PM

      Because MLB has a vested interest in maintaining the brand value of all its franchises, much less one of its flagship teams. By locking the Dodgers in to a bad, long-term TV contract, McCourt is denying the franchise it’s ability to launch a far-more lucrative RSN.

    • clydeserra - Jun 20, 2011 at 1:44 PM

      I think Frank McCourt should think about signing his own reality TV show deal. MLB can’t get in on that and it would make money.

  5. purdueman - Jun 20, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    I think that both Los Angeles and MLB have had a belly full of the Mc Brokes and will do everything possible to make them both blow away like a rank fart in church on a hot summers day.

    Doesn’t matter if the Mc Brokes sue Selig and MLB, because without the future revenue stream from Fox they’re broke, and baseball knows that it can drag out any lawsuit that the Mc Broke’s may file in court for years and years, if not decades with legal maneuvering.

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