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Judge: McCourt can’t talk about what other clubs do

Sep 30, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

Frank McCourt AP

Earlier this week we learned that Frank McCourt and the Dodgers, in their battle with Major League Baseball, wanted to take discovery of other teams like the Marlins and the Mets in order to establish that they were held to a different standard than the Dodgers were being held to.  Today the judge ruled: sorry Frankie.

Bill Shaikin reports that the judge ruled that  “[t]his hearing is a not a referendum on the Commissioner or other baseball teams …” and that he’s done listening to the parties offering “allegations and innuendo” and wants to put an end to what he called a “sideshow.”

He has set a hearing, beginning on October 31st, in which Bud Selig and Frank McCourt will testify in person and the judge will determine whether or not MLB has been jerking McCourt around, thereby weakening baseball’s claim that McCourt had violated its debt, capitalization and other rules. If it is found that baseball has treated McCourt fairly, it could be the beginning of the end of his reign as owner.

This has to be construed as a big win for baseball, as the financials and side deals to which other clubs are subject are something baseball does not want brought out into public.

  1. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 30, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    With the obvious caveat that I’m not a lawyer, could this be a boon for MLB regarding 30 owners/teams as individual “companies” in a possible anti-trust suit? Or am I reading way too much into this?

    • myendlessdrivel - Sep 30, 2011 at 5:18 PM

      The MLB enjoys an exemption from anti-trust laws since the Supreme Court said so in 1922.

    • clydeserra - Sep 30, 2011 at 5:31 PM

      reading too much into it.

      This has no bearing on the Anti trust exemption. that would have to be appealed up the chain and or Congressional action

    • aaronmoreno - Sep 30, 2011 at 8:52 PM

      This ruling just means that other teams’ payrolls and books have aren’t relevant enough to this bankruptcy proceeding.

      Which makes sense. The other teams make payroll and aren’t in court.

  2. lanflfan - Sep 30, 2011 at 5:04 PM

    McCourt is the sideshow that needs to be closed…permanently.

    I’m guessing that McCourt’s attorney will next argue that the bankruptcy judge is holding poor, poor Frank to a “different standard” as well, since, obviously, everyone is out to get poor, innocent Frank.

    Karma Frank, it’s a female dog bitting your arse.

    • Old Gator - Sep 30, 2011 at 5:51 PM

      That’s Kama. But she has to know you like that sort of thing or she goes to work on something else that you do like.

  3. notsofast10 - Sep 30, 2011 at 6:41 PM

    Send him back to Boston so he can collect parking fares and never let him west of the Mississippi again!

  4. The Rabbit - Sep 30, 2011 at 10:19 PM

    McCourt and Selig together on October 31? I’m sure one will be in costume pretending to be a fan-centric Commissioner and the other dressed up pretending to be an ethical, responsible business owner.
    Too bad they lack the imagination for more interesting attire. I have a few suggestions….

  5. Old Gator - Sep 30, 2011 at 11:57 PM

    And now, through the miracle of chronosynclastic infundibulum pre-view, here are some scenes from the October 31st hearing itself:

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