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Report: MLB likely to file motion to seize the Dodgers

Jun 28, 2011, 6:29 PM EDT

Bud Selig Reuters

A source told The Associated Press that Major League Baseball “probably” will file a motion in bankruptcy court to seize control of the Dodgers.

The AP describes its source as a person familiar with the league’s plans.

Baseball’s constitution allows commissioner Bud Selig to take control of a team that seeks Chapter 11 protection, with the Dodgers did with their bankruptcy filing Monday. MLB first must file a motion seeking termination of the franchise, and the person says that is “probably going to happen.” However, there is no timetable for that filing.

A Delaware judge on Tuesday authorized the Dodgers to enter into a $150 million bankruptcy financing arrangement. MLB has agreed to continue letting Frank McCourt run the team with the interim financing deal while providing its own terms for a new alternative financing plan. Additional hearings are scheduled for July 20.

Unless MLB can somehow get things moved up, it’s hard to imagine the league gaining control of the Dodgers in advance of the July 31 trade deadline.  A league-owned Dodgers franchise would seemingly be less likely to sell off players in advance of the deadline.  McCourt, meanwhile, has more incentive to shop arms like Hiroki Kuroda and Ted Lilly, even with his new loan.

  1. Utley's Hair - Jun 28, 2011 at 6:36 PM

    That pic is classic.

    • hep3 - Jun 28, 2011 at 6:51 PM

      Shouldn’t he be called “Smug” Selig

      • Utley's Hair - Jun 28, 2011 at 7:26 PM

        Or he has the runs…or a hemorrhoid, which he named Frank, of course.

  2. skerney - Jun 28, 2011 at 6:36 PM

    McCourt will litigate until the bitter end. Even after the Dodgers are taken from him he’ll sue for years, claiming damages. He’s that type of rich jerk. Years after the Dodgers are owned by someone else, he’ll be filing lawsuits against MLB.

    • purpleronin - Jun 28, 2011 at 6:50 PM

      Apparently he’s not rich anymore….though he is a jerk.

  3. qcubed3 - Jun 28, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    Selig looks like he needs to run to the restroom and take a huge McCourt

  4. kate91016 - Jun 28, 2011 at 7:18 PM

    McCourt is a sleeeze (he was using the team for his own benefit, as if it were an ATM – If I were a player on the team, I’d be fighting mad) – Selig should take the team away on principal – After all, how can a player play to his / her best when he/she is worried about getting paid? I’d really, really like to know the details of the deal that the sleeze ball did to get ownership of the team – when apparently, all he actually owns is a parking garage somewhere on the east coast – I’m just sayin – how the hell did that happen? Why MLB (the conglomerate) didn’t have a say in that, or have at the very least, an oversight committee – is way beyond my Jane Doe comprehension – McCourt has sullied America’s game, I hope he does time in purgatory for it.

    • SmackSaw - Jun 28, 2011 at 7:47 PM

      Go to the Google machine and in the box type “Dodger owner Frank McCourt”. You will find a lot of information.

      The Internet…it’s Learn-a-rific!

  5. xmatt0926x - Jun 28, 2011 at 7:48 PM

    Agree with the posters who mentioned Bud’s pictures. It’s to the point that the story is meaningless compared to the massive Bud Selig “emotions” photo collection. This particular pic is right on point.

  6. theolgoaler - Jun 28, 2011 at 7:54 PM

    Okay, MLB won’t let you buy a “Chapter 11″ Dodger shirt (11 is retired for Manny Mota, anyway); I’m waiting for the “Carpe Dodgers!” T-shirts to come out!

    And calling McCourt a jerk is an insult to real jerks everywhere; Frankie went to Hollywood — and went broke!

    • oregoncoastdailynews - Jun 28, 2011 at 8:46 PM

      Manny Mota’s #11 is NOT retired

      • theolgoaler - Jun 28, 2011 at 10:12 PM

        I sit corrected… #1 Pee Wee Reese, #2 Tommy Lasorda, #4 Duke Snider, #19 Junior Gilliam, #24 Walter Alston, #32 Sandy Koufax, #39 Roy Campanella, #42 Jackie Robinson, and #53 Don Drysdale — I leave anybody out?

  7. mrznyc - Jun 28, 2011 at 7:56 PM

    There’s no question Selig was complicit in McCourt’s purchase of the team – What he got, I have no idea, but there’s no way someone with the financial background of Jamie McCourt got to purchase a major league team without the fix being in.

  8. dogsweat1 - Jun 28, 2011 at 9:44 PM

    The new Ebbets Field will look great in Coney Island……………

  9. lostsok - Jun 28, 2011 at 10:09 PM

    Why is there a picture of Stephen Hawking…wait, what!?! Bud, dude…HIT THE GYM!

    • Old Gator - Jun 28, 2011 at 10:25 PM

      I played chess with Stephen Hawking once. He beat me, but it took him over an hour.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Jun 29, 2011 at 5:10 PM

        That’s what happens when you take 15 minutes to make a move.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 29, 2011 at 5:59 PM

        Of course, Hawking was 4 at the time and Gator was 76.

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