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Major League Baseball issues a statement on the Dodgers bankruptcy

Jun 27, 2011, 5:05 PM EDT

Bud Selig AP

Bud Selig just issued a statement today regarding the Dodgers bankruptcy.  Normally, Selig’s statements are long when the topic is complicated. This one: not so long. If one can sense aggravation in a press release, it can be sensed here:

“The Commissioner’s Office has spent the better part of one year working with Mr. McCourt and his representatives on the financial situation of the Los Angeles Dodgers, which was caused by Mr. McCourt’s excessive debt and his diversion of club assets for his own personal needs. We have consistently communicated to Mr. McCourt that any potential solution to his problems that contemplates mortgaging the future of the Dodgers franchise to the long-term detriment of the club, its loyal fans and the game of Baseball would not be acceptable.

“My goal from the outset has been to ensure that the Dodgers are being operated properly now and will be guided appropriately in the future for their millions of fans. To date, the ideas and proposals that I have been asked to consider have not been consistent with the best interests of Baseball. The action taken today by Mr. McCourt does nothing but inflict further harm to this historic franchise.”

It doesn’t happen too often, but I can’t find any reason to disagree with a thing Bud is saying here.

  1. bigxrob - Jun 27, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    Bud Selig, man of the people???

    Doesn’t sound right.

    • adenzeno - Jun 27, 2011 at 5:36 PM

      Selig…..McCourt….Selig…..McCourt….Is that a choice?

      • bigharold - Jun 27, 2011 at 5:45 PM

        “Is that a choice?”

        Not really, Bud wins this one hands down. That’s how screwed up McCourt’s stewardship of the Dodger’s has been.

    • paperlions - Jun 27, 2011 at 5:39 PM

      Nah, Selig doesn’t give a crap about fans (he’s not paid to give a crap about the fans), he is paid to give a crap about franchise values and revenues…it just so happens that in this case, the same solution benefits the owners and the fans of the Dodgers.

      • stankfinger - Jun 27, 2011 at 7:33 PM

        That’s pretty much the definitive statement here.

  2. 5thbase - Jun 27, 2011 at 5:41 PM

    Didn’t think it was possible for anyone connected to baseball to be so incredibly stupid that Selig would seem smart in comparison, not even Milton Bradley could do that.

  3. SmackSaw - Jun 27, 2011 at 5:46 PM

    If this works the way it’s supposed to, the bankruptcy court is already in Selig’s back pocket. The loan that McCourt just got is based on the fact that the lender know he can’t repay it. He’ll default. The lender will make a hefty chunk after the franchise is sold. Selig and his henchmen will continue to control the Dodgers until they find the next good ol’ boy to buy into their club.

    McCourt, meanwhile, will slink back to Boston where he belongs.

  4. kate91016 - Jun 27, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    It’s all so sad, so sordid, so tragic – the players – the guys on the field – have had to play to their best abilities, to keep the fans coming in – so they could get paid – Will this incident change the way that franchies are bought / sold? I hope so – It’s just sad that the players had to get dragged through the muck – good for them to continue to put on a brave face / good show – win or lose, they played for the fans.
    After all, we the fans, ultimately pay the saleries of the players, the managers, the hangers on. As we, the little guy from middle America has always done. – I’m just sayin

    • SmackSaw - Jun 27, 2011 at 6:17 PM

      Wow. Really? The Players Association will make sure the mercenaries (ie; players) are fully compensated. The players have guaranteed contracts. It’s not based on attendance. They’ll get paid even if nobody shows up. They don’t even think of who is in the seats.

  5. wasitosa - Jun 27, 2011 at 8:51 PM

    `Why all the Selig haters?? Ol Buddy boy has done more for the game then any non-player…ever. Are any of you old enough to remember all the annual labor issues? Interleague play, expanded playoffs, new stadiums, on and on. The game has never been in better shape, period.

    • JBerardi - Jun 28, 2011 at 4:33 AM

      Judge Landis? Branch Rickey?

      And, those new stadiums represent a massive, systematic theft of public funds.

      • paperlions - Jun 28, 2011 at 8:00 AM

        Totally agree. Selig (and most MLB owners the last 30 years) have done little good for baseball….they have just rode the gravy train with the evolution of baseball on TV. Anything Selig has done has been for the enrichment of the owners and at the expense of tax payers…baseball itself is in no better shape now than it was decades ago…indeed, you could argue it is in worse shape in some places, like Puerto Rico, thanks to the owners (through Selig) attempting to place earning restrictions on drafted players.

      • Kevin S. - Jun 28, 2011 at 9:09 AM

        Mountain Landis was no hero – the man delayed the integration of baseball by decades. Putting him in the same sentence as Branch Rickey is a mockery of what Rickey and Robinson did for the game.

  6. obsolete777 - Jun 28, 2011 at 4:59 AM

    Move the Dodgers back to Brooklyn….

  7. schrutebeetfarms - Jun 28, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Shouldn’t that idiot bicepTs be on here complaining about this?

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