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Of course Frank McCourt is going to try to complicate the Dodgers sale

Nov 8, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

File photo of Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaking at a news conference about increased security at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

Nothing is easy with this guy.

Frank McCourt and Major League Baseball have a deal in which the team and the stadium and everything is to be sold and the TV rights — which aren’t up for renewal for two years — will be dealt with by the new owners, whoever they are.  The reason for the TV rights not being dealt with now is simple: Fox is going to sue the Dodgers back to the stone age if he tries to sell them now because Fox has exclusive negotiating rights for a future deal through next year.

So of course McCourt wants to try to sell TV rights before the team is sold:

Frank McCourt soon could ask the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to let him sell the Dodgers’ television rights along with the team, a strategy that could violate his sale agreement with Major League Baseball and revive his dormant litigation with Fox Sports.

“The Dodgers plan to file in the near future with the bankruptcy court an amended media rights procurement motion,” according to a club statement late Monday.

I don’t know. He’s defective somehow. It’s not enough to get out from under this mess and — if the sale is handled smoothly — maybe even walk away with a little pocket change.  He has to make trouble. I’m guessing the court or Fox or someone will tell him he can’t mess with the TV rights. He seems to not get anything until someone smacks him over the head with a 2×4.  Thank goodness there are plenty of 2x4s laying around.

  1. halladaysbiceps - Nov 8, 2011 at 9:02 AM

    Craig, admit it, you will miss McCourt just a little after he sells the team. Think of all the fun you have had writing about him. Hell, even the pictures you post of McCourt scream laughing time.

    • 12strikes - Nov 8, 2011 at 9:29 AM

      Craig’s Wet Dream…. McCourt Buys the Phillies.

      • bigharold - Nov 8, 2011 at 5:13 PM

        Craig’s nightmare, .. he buys the Braves.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 8, 2011 at 5:36 PM

        He’ll never buy anything significant in the sports world ever again.

    • aceshigh11 - Nov 8, 2011 at 11:04 AM

      At the very least, Craig’s gonna miss constantly recycling that stock photo of McCourt baring his teeth like an enraged Rancor.

  2. JBerardi - Nov 8, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    Good God. Mussolini went out with more dignity than this.

  3. antlerclaws - Nov 8, 2011 at 9:28 AM

    Forget Moneyball, someone needs to write a book about this mess.

  4. El Bravo - Nov 8, 2011 at 9:31 AM

    I picture Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson following McCourt, by court order, at all times with his “Walking Tall” big stick (i.e. 2×4). Know your damn role, Mr. McCourt…or else…

    • sknut - Nov 8, 2011 at 11:44 AM

      You forgot about Jim “Hacksaw” Dugan with his 2 X 4.

      • foreverchipper10 - Nov 8, 2011 at 2:03 PM


      • lostsok - Nov 8, 2011 at 9:54 PM

        And somewhere…Joe Don Baker is rolling his eyes…

  5. cur68 - Nov 8, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    No one should really be surprised, I guess. It took a certain kind of person to get into this mess. He had custody of one of the golden geese of baseball. He looted the goose pasture and bankrupted the goose farm. The notion that he would suddenly start acting with some sense, flies in the face of how he’s behaved so far. He’s still under the impression that he’s a competent business man. He’s trying to do what he think other business people do. What he needs is huge kick in the seat of his pants. I nominate Yoennis Cespedes to go kick him in the arse. From the looks of Yoennis Cespedes, after that guy boots you one, you stay booted.

  6. Roger Moore - Nov 8, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    It’s not really about what makes sense for McCourt anymore. It’s about being so angry he lost the team that he’s trying to ruin things for the next owner. He’s acting like the foreclosed on homeowner who trashes the house before leaving, or, perhaps more to the point, like a man in a messy divorce who drags things out to make life as miserable as possible for his ex-wife. I guess that’s what happens when the bankruptcy gets tangled up with a divorce.

  7. pellypell - Nov 8, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    Frank McCourt could complicate a grilled cheese sandwich.

  8. dlevalley - Nov 8, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    “Thank goodness there are plenty of 2x4s laying around.”

    Not enough, for this guy.

  9. lanflfan - Nov 8, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    I believe multiple entities have already tried a 2×4, I suggest upgrading to a 4×8. Maybe with some rebar reinforcement, just in case. McCourt’s head is clearly composed of rocks, perhaps even solid rock.

  10. lostsok - Nov 8, 2011 at 9:57 PM

    I wonder what he thinks he can accomplish. He knows by now he’s done as owner of the Dodgers. Does he think he can leverage more money? It’s all going to Jaime after most of it is spent on lawyers in the mistaken belief it’s NOT all going to Jaime…so what’s the point?

    McCourt is horrible even by lousy rich-guy standards, which are already at an all-time low. He’s a FAKE lousy rich-guy.

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