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McCourt vows to keep Dodgers

Posted on: April 27, 2011 6:35 pm
Edited on: April 27, 2011 7:16 pm
 
Frank McCourt won't leave quietly.

Maybe that shouldn't come as a surprise, but the Dodgers owner came out swinging Wednesday afternoon, insisting that commissioner Bud Selig has been unfair in failing to approve a proposed new deal with Fox for Dodger television rights, and also in appointing Tom Schieffer as the Dodgers' "monitor."

"Nobody handed the Dodgers to me, and nobody is going to take it away," McCourt said in a combination press conference/conference call, after meeting with Major League Baseball officials in New York. "I'm not going anywhere."

McCourt wouldn't directly answer a question on whether he will sue baseball, either in an effort to get his television deal approved or simply to keep full control of the team. But he made it clear he plans to fight baseball's effort to oversee the Dodgers.

McCourt described Schieffer as a "receiver" rather than a monitor, and said, "I'm not going to accept that."

He accused baseball of trying to take over the Dodgers, and called that "un-American."

"It's not appropriate for somebody's property to be seized just because they got divorced," McCourt said.

In a statement issued shortly after McCourt's call, baseball disputed two of his major points, saying that commissioner Bud Selig had not "vetoed" McCourt's new deal with Fox, and also that "there has been no seizure" of the Dodgers. Rob Manfred, baseball's executive vice president of labor relations, said McCourt was simply told that there would be no decision on the Fox deal until baseball finishes investigating the Dodgers and their finances.

McCourt said the new deal would have given Fox the Dodger broadcast rights for the next 17 years, and would have provided $300 million that he said would have been fully invested in the team. He said he offered to put in writing that he wouldn't keep any of that money for personal purposes.

McCourt also said that he has apologized to commissioner Bud Selig, and that he apologized to Dodger fans.

"I look forward to showing the Los Angeles Dodgers community what I'm made of," he said.


Category: MLB
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Since: Nov 27, 2011
Posted on: November 27, 2011 8:05 pm
 

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Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: April 28, 2011 6:33 pm
 

McCourt vows to keep Dodgers

"the sanctity of private property"

Seriously? We're talking about more than just "property" here, and there's really nothing private about something like baseball. Is it not America's pasttime?

I mean there are certain neighborhoods where you can buy a multi-million dollar house, but if you want to paint it a different color you need to get that approved through a homeowners association or local neighborhood council so that you dont lower the property values of the other homes in the area.

Thats basically what this is coming down to. Frank McCourt is BAD for baseball, and baseball is a business, so therefore Frank McCourt is bad for business.

And no, the precedent would not be dangerous. Have you not heard of imminent domain? Have you thought about what the precedent would be if McCourt continues to ruin the team? Have you thought about the damage that might cause to the other franchises?




Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: April 28, 2011 6:21 pm
 

McCourt vows to keep Dodgers

I hope so, i really do. I would not like it to get any worse than this. This guy should know when to quit. He's not wanted here, and fans like me will not pay the high prices at the stadium as long as he's running the show. If this guy cares about the Dogers and community, he will recognize that he has become the problem and that the team is suffering as long as he's around.


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