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Anti-Frank McCourt letters removed from Dodgers bankruptcy case file

Jul 8, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

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I saw this the other day but didn’t comment on it because I figured it would be reversed, but apparently the clerk of the bankruptcy court considering the Dodgers’ case had accepted a handful of fan letters into the official case file. They were anti-Frank McCourt letters, essentially saying “we want our team back, please get rid of Frank.”

Today the judge did the right thing and struck them from the case file, noting that, however passionate fans are about all of this, such sentiment really doesn’t have any place in the official file for this case.

In other words, he used the same rationale that he used yesterday when he struck down McCourt’s motion to have the case expand into some giant attack on Major League Baseball for treating him poorly.

  1. royalsfaninfargo - Jul 8, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    So does that mean the judge will not be scanning the comments section from HBT for advice on how to treat Mr. McCourt?

    • jimbo1949 - Jul 8, 2011 at 1:52 PM

      not officially

  2. qcubed3 - Jul 8, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    I’m going to have to disagree. A Chapter 11 proceeding is a rehabilitative measure, whereby business are allowed to reorganize themselves in a manner that gives them the best chance to be profitable and survive post-filing. The entire business model of a sports franchise requires fans to attend games, watch their team on television, and purchase merchandise. When an entire fan base revolts against its team because of the team’s owner, then the ability to survive post-bankruptcy is a very serious question. If McCourt couldn’t keep the Dodgers out of BK when the stands were full, how does he propose to do so when he’s lost 10,000+ fans per home game, plus the untold amount of loss in TV viewership and merch sales. The fans protests are valid and material to the continuing operation of the Dodgers franchise under the debtor in possession (McCourt).

    Keep the letters in!

  3. jimatkins - Jul 8, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    Aren’t the official attendance figures evidence of fan boycott? Without the Dodger Debacle, MLB is doing well through tough economic times, with minimal attendance drops. Factor in the McCrook attendance, and things look slightly bleak simply because of the fan boycott. Data, not emotional pleading.

  4. deathmonkey41 - Jul 8, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    Are the fan levels still down? Someone told me the stadium looks more filled lately, but I haven’t actually watched any Dodger games this year.

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