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MLB asks bankruptcy court to order sale of Dodgers

Sep 23, 2011, 6:14 PM EDT

Bud Selig AP

According to the Los Angeles Times, MLB on Friday asked a federal bankruptcy judge to order the sale of the Dodgers. Bill Shaikin has the entire rundown.

The Dodgers have been trying to get the court to approve an auction of its television rights, which would presumably provide Frank McCourt with the money necessary to continue running the team.  MLB, though, has no intention of approving any such sale of TV rights.

Here’s Shaikin’s take:

The MLB request accelerates the legal confrontation at the heart of the case: Would the bankruptcy court override the rules of Major League Baseball?

A hearing is set Oct. 12. The league asked the judge to act even before the expiration of McCourt’s exclusive window to propose a reorganization plan so the Dodgers could “emerge quickly from bankruptcy under new ownership and with the financial stability necessary to adequately prepare for the 2012 baseball season and beyond.”

MLB’s filing makes no bones about its ultimate goal and states that “Mr. McCourt cannot hide the Dodgers in bankruptcy forever.”

The request for the sale of the Dodgers was just one of two made by the league today.  MLB has also asked that the Dodgers’ bankruptcy attorneys be ousted because they represent McCourt’s interests, rather than those of the team.

  1. cosanostra71 - Sep 24, 2011 at 1:24 AM

    Frank McCourt is a piece of work.

    • Old Gator - Sep 24, 2011 at 5:00 PM

      “Work”?

  2. henryd3rd - Sep 24, 2011 at 8:08 AM

    Buddy Boy and the rest of those clowns in MLB didn’t do their due diligence when they vetted Frank McCourt. He was a con artist from day one and fortunately for the folks in Boston he was allowed to purchase the Sox.

    • jimeejohnson - Sep 24, 2011 at 12:57 PM

      Think you meant when McCourt was allowed to purchase the Dodgers. Angelinos have been calling for a boycott of the Dodgers until McCourt is out of the picture, but there are plenty of useful idiots who attend games anyway. It’s just a matter of time before McCourt is run out of Los Angeles.

      • Kevin S. - Sep 24, 2011 at 4:34 PM

        Not enough. Dodgers are down close to eight thousand a game from last year and ten grand from where they were two years ago. That’s putting a hurt on McCourt.

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