Tag:Bud Selig
Posted on: April 29, 2011 8:06 pm
 

Big names interested in Dodgers?

Magic JohnsonBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Two of the most famous names in Los Angeles sports history -- O'Malley and Magic -- are reportedly interested in purchasing the Dodgers.

Peter O'Malley, who started this mess by selling the Dodgers to Fox in 1998, reportedly has two big investors lined up to buy the team and he'd run, according to David Vassegh of KLAC-AM. Vassegh cited a "prominent Dodgers executive" as the source.

The O'Malley family, of course, brought the Dodgers to Los Angeles following the 1957 season.

The other interested party may be former L.A. Laker Magic Johnson, who told SiriusXM hosts Steve Covino and Rich Davis that he might be interested (via the Los Angeles Times' Steve Dilbeck).

"You know, people here in L.A. want me to make a run for the Dodgers," Johnson said. "I will sit back and see what happens, and if somebody approaches me and wants a partner or wants me to be involved, I'll take a look at it. 'Cause I love baseball. And I love the Dodgers."

Last year Johnson raised nearly $100 million by selling his minority share in the Lakers and his Starbucks franchises. At the time, he was looking at joining a group trying to bring the NFL back to Los Angeles and told the Times he had no interest in buying the Dodgers.

With MLB running the team, expect more names to pop up, but these two names at least make good headlines.

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Posted on: April 29, 2011 2:58 pm
 

Selig awaits Jamie McCourt's approval of TV deal

By Evan Brunell

McCourtsA jilted lover is not something to trifle with, as Frank McCourt is quickly finding out.

After the contentious divorce between Frank and Jamie laid bare their transgressions as Dodgers owners (using the team as their personal ATM, for instance), Frank is now grasping at straws to remain owner of the team. He has to pay his ex-wife an amount that has been reported to be over $200 million while appeasing commissioner Bud Selig. That's proven a tall task, as reflected in Selig's naming of a "monitor" to oversee the Dodgers and evaluate the finances.

McCourt took to the airwaves Wednesday to defend his position and contending that he has stayed well within the rules to remain a MLB owner. He also pointed to his impending TV deal with FOX that could net the team $300 million that McCourt says would have been put back into the team -- even offering to put that in writing. He's expressed frustration multiple times that the TV deal has not been approved by Selig, but the Los Angeles Times reports that one reason Selig has yet to do so -- another major reason being that Selig wants the Dodgers' financials evaluated first -- is because of good ol' Jamie McCourt.

Jamie told Selig that as supposed half-owner of the team, she should have a say in the matter and has not approved the deal. (While the divorce proceedings are largely over, the status as to Frank and Jamie's (picture in better days, obviously) ownership of the team remains in doubt, which is why Jamie can contend she is still half-owner. While Frank may be able to pull that off, it's still not enough to cause Selig to overlook Jamie's feelings on the matter.) While Jamie's approval is likely not legally required, as sources tell the Times, Selig would much rather have her approval to avoid any lawsuits. He already has his hands full preparing to battle Frank in court, as he has promised to sue.

Frank is alleging that Selig is attempting a hostile takeover by appointing the monitor and refusing to approve the TV deal yet. By not approving the deal, the McCourt camp alleges, the Dodgers are in danger of missing financial obligations, which could give Selig additional ammunition to push McCourt out of town. 

"There has been a predetermined result here and … the investigation is not a genuine one," McCourt said Wednesday.

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Category: MLB
Posted on: April 27, 2011 5:40 pm
Edited on: April 27, 2011 8:53 pm
 

Braves' McDowell accused of homophobic comments

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Roger McDowellEvery once in a while you read stories about whether a professional athlete could come out as a homosexual in this day and age, and every time it seems we're moving toward acceptance, we get pulled back to reality.

According to TMZ.com, noted attorney Gloria Allred has accused Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell of using several homophobic slurs and comments toward a group of male fans at San Francisco's AT&T Park last weekend.

According to Allred, McDowell asked a group of male fans, "Are you a homo couple or a threesome?" A family of four, including two 9-year-old girls, said after McDowell made the remarks, he used a baseball bat to simulate sex.

After the father confronted McDowell, the pitching coach reportedly responded, "Kids don't [expletive] belong at the baseball park." And then approached the man with a bat and said, "How much are your teeth worth?"

It's unlikely Bud Selig's crew will add McDowell's "kids don't [expletive] belong at the baseball park" as a marketing slogan anytime soon.

The family wants an apology from McDowell, as well as a fine from the commissioner's office for both McDowell and the Braves.

McDowell has yet to respond and he's innocent until proven guilty, but it's tough to say it's uncommon to hear that kind of talk in baseball clubhouses -- whether McDowell is dumb enough to say that outside the clubhouse, that's another story.

UPDATE: Bud Selig has released a statement on the incident:

"I was informed today that Roger McDowell, a coach of the Atlanta Braves, is being accused of engaging in highly inappropriate conduct toward fans at a game in San Francisco. Although I do not yet have all the facts regarding this incident, the allegations are very troubling to me. The Atlanta Braves have assured my office that they will immediately investigate the allegations, and report the results of the investigation to me. After I have all the facts, I will make a determination of how to proceed."

UPDATE: McDowell apologized in a statement today.

"I am deeply sorry that I responded to the heckling fans in San Francisco on Saturday. I apologize to everyone for my actions."

The Braves also issued a statement:
"We were made aware of an incident in San Francisco this past Saturday. We are concerned by these allegations and the behavior described by a witness today. This in no way represents the Braves organization and the conduct we expect of our employees. We will withhold further comments until we finish gathering information."

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Posted on: April 26, 2011 12:57 pm
 

Selig may have overstated playoff expansion

By Matt Snyder

Last week, MLB commissioner Bud Selig set off a firestorm of discussion when he said that baseball was moving "inexorably" toward expanding the playoffs to 10 teams. The format of which dominated discussion in the ensuing days -- one-game playoff for two wild card teams? Three-game series? More? -- but the player's union doesn't seem to think they're even close to agreeing on anything.

"We've had healthy discussions at the bargaining table about a lot of different schedule formats," union chief Michael Weiner told ESPN.com . "Included in those discussions were several formats which expand the playoffs in one form or another. But neither side has made any proposals. So it's just too early in the bargaining process to predict or guess where it's going to land."

Weiner further told ESPN.com that the players were open to playoff expansion, but the schedule of the playoffs and the regular season schedule would all have to satisfy the union. The collective bargaining agreement for baseball is set to expire in December.

It would appear Selig was a bit too quick to discuss the matter, though he did say he thinks the MLB is "moving toward" playoff expansion. To be fair to the maligned commish, he definitely qualified his statement.

Don't expect things to get hammered out specifically until the CBA is renewed in December -- and it will be, this isn't an NFL situation -- but definitely expect loads of discussion on the matter for the whole season. Especially when we get to the actual playoffs and people can use examples of what teams would be involved or left out.

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Category: MLB
Posted on: April 21, 2011 5:16 pm
 

Selig expects expanded playoffs in 2012

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Bud SeligCommissioner Bud Selig said Thursday that he expects the baseball playoffs to go from eight teams to 10 in time for the 2012 season.

Selig has previously said he supports expanded playoffs, but speaking with the Associated Press Sports Editors on Thursday, he said he expects it to be a reality.

"I would say we're moving to expanding the playoffs, but there's a myriad of details to work out," Selig said. "Ten is a fair number."

Selig said there would be two wild card teams and those two teams would meet before facing facing division winners.

"The more we've talked about it, I think we're moving inexorably to that," Selig said.

The biggest decision is how many games the new wild card round would be and how long the others teams would have to sit.

I don't really see any good reason other than trying to get more money out of its postseason television contracts.

The question then becomes just how many games you play -- do the wild card teams play a one-and-done? Is that enough after a 162-game season? Does that put the teams at a disadvantage in the next round having burned its best pitcher, presumably for that game, while then getting ready for a best-of-five in the Divisional Series?

If you have a three-game wild card round, how far does that push back the Divisional Series and is that fair for those team waiting around for so long? And when does the World Series start and end? November?

The longer the games are pushed back, the more weather becomes a factor more than it needs to be in baseball.

As much as anything, it feels wrong. Of course, I didn't like the Wild Card when it was announced, so I could be wrong.

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Category: MLB
Posted on: April 20, 2011 5:17 pm
Edited on: April 21, 2011 12:41 am
 

MLB appointing trustee to oversee Dodgers

By C. Trent Rosecrans

In what looks like the beginning of the end of Frank McCourt's ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Major League Baseball has announced it will appoint a representative to oversee all aspects of the business and the day-to-day of the Dodgers.

Here's the statement from Bud Selig:

Pursuant to my authority as Commissioner, I informed Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt today that I will appoint a representative to oversee all aspects of the business and the day-to-day operations of the Club.  I have taken this action because of my deep concerns regarding the finances and operations of the Dodgers and to protect the best interests of the Club, its great fans and all of Major League Baseball. My office will continue its thorough investigation into the operations and finances of the Dodgers and related entities during the period of Mr. McCourt's ownership.  I will announce the name of my representative in the next several days. The Dodgers have been one of the most prestigious franchises in all of sports, and we owe it to their legion of loyal fans to ensure that this club is being operated properly now and will be guided appropriately in the future."

McCourt had recently taken a $30 million loan from FOX to help cover its payroll without the knowledge or blessing of Selig and it was reportedly not met well in the commissioner's office. 

UPDATE

By Evan Brunell

Jamie McCourt has come out with her own statement, briefly stating that "As the 50% owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, I welcome and support the Commissioner’s actions to provide the necessary transparency, guidance and direction for the franchise and for Dodgers fans everywhere."

And now, Frank McCourt comes out with his own statement hours after the news, releasing it at 12:15 p.m. EST. Nice one there, Frank:

"Major League Baseball sets strict financial guidelines which all 30 teams must follow. The Dodgers are in compliance with these guidelines. On this basis, it is hard to understand the commissioner's decision today," McCourt said, who is likely readying a battle in court over the decision.

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Category: MLB
Posted on: April 8, 2011 9:59 am
Edited on: April 8, 2011 10:17 am
 

Pepper: Bud Selig biking along

Selig

By Evan Brunell

STILL BIKIN': 1,000 straight days. That's how long Bud Selig has been using his exercise bike which is an impressive accomplishment. That means Selig's hopped on a bike literally every day for almost three years.

As someone who works out regularly and hates taking off days, that's an amazingly impressive feat that should be commended. The 76-year-old usually bikes for 53 minutes and then does a total of seven minutes of exercise. That's enabled him to keep in shape and he could have plenty of years ahead as a commissioner even if he plans to step down after 2012.

It may surprise you to learn that Selig wasn't always so healthy.

"I was smoking Tiparillos at the time," Selig recalled from 1980, when he was the Milwaukee Brewers president,  "and Dr. [Paul] Jacobs said: 'We've got to get you into an exercise program ... I don't want you running; you'll end up with bad knees, bad ankles, bad feet, bad everything.'"

And so the bike program was born. Selig should absolutely be thrilled with his accomplishment, as its simply not easy to do with his age and schedule.

"I'm very proud of it," Selig said. "When I finished exercising [Thursday morning] I was like a little kid." (MLB.com)

MLB TODAY: Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe hops onto CBSSports.com's MLB Today to talk Red Sox.

DONATING FOOD: This is a fantastic idea and makes you wonder why this isn't more widespread. The Pirates will be donating left-over concessions to shelters and soup kitchens to help feed the hungry. That could mean over 250 tons of food otherwise sent to the compost heap. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

AVOIDING FOOD: Don't read this if your stomach gets queasy fast or you've eaten at some of the worst violators of food safety, as this article details which ballparks are the worst and why. (BusinessInsider.com)

BLACKOUT: MLB.com's blackout policy has been nothing short of idiotic the last several years and frankly, it appears that won't change anytime soon. That's a disgrace, as the blackout policy is completely nonsensical. Between this and refusing videos from MLB.com to be embedded onto other sites ... while baseball is a great leader in internet and social media, baseball completely whiffs on the basics. (BizofBaseball.com)

REHABBING: Jake Peavy will make his first rehab start Friday and will make three more before his target of returning to the club in early May. (Chicago Tribune)

ON THE VERGE: Adrian Gonzalez is closing in on a deal to make him a Red Sox for a very, very long time. (Boston Herald)

CALL CSI: Chris Coghlan made an impressive catch Thursday -- so impressive, in fact, that someone felt compelled to sketch Coghlan's outline onto the wall. (@ericreinhold on Twitter)

PUT UP OR SHUT UP: Greg Reynolds was picked ahead of Tim Lincecum, Clayton Kershaw and Evan Longoria while Reynolds is scrapping to become a viable major leaguer. He believes it's time for him to "put up or shut up." The Rockies would appreciate the former. (Denver Post)

LINEUP OF A LIFETIME: It's always fun to put together lists of the best players you've seen play in your lifetime. Well, Derrick Goold went ahead and listed his own lineup and pulled in several other people to participate. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

WRONG SPORT? Former NC State quarterback Russell Wilson's transition to full-time baseball wasn't going so great Thursday as he went 0 for 4 with four strikeouts for Colorado's low-Class A affiliate. (Baseball America)

ONION: The Onion is a hilarious satirical website, and they haven't shied away from poking fun at baseball over the years. Here's a look at the top 25 baseball-related Onion articles. (Fangraphs)

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Posted on: April 6, 2011 1:14 am
 

Report: Dodgers reps go to bat for McCourt

By Matt Snyder

There was a meeting Tuesday between some "high-ranking" Dodgers executives and Major League Baseball, reports SI.com . The meeting was reportedly an attempt by the Dodgers representatives to sell the MLB brass on the notion that a loan from FOX should be approved and used to keep Frank McCourt as the Dodgers' owner.

McCourt needs approximately $200 million to settle his messy divorce with wife Jamie, and reportedly has a potentially lucrative deal in place with FOX -- a $3 billion deal over the course of 20 years. The loan would be the first payment in this huge TV deal and could enable McCourt to keep the Dodgers.

On the other hand, MLB commissioner Bud Selig is reportedly a bit down on McCourt, due to several details that came out during the divorce trial -- including multiple mansions and severely overpaying members of his family with Dodger money.

McCourt needs the FOX deal to be able to buy out his wife Jamie, otherwise he can't afford to remain owner of the team. Of course, if he doesn't get the loan approved by Selig and Major League Baseball, he's out of luck anyway.

The entire situation remains pretty messy, and is clearly a black eye for the great Dodger organization. Fortunately there's an end in sight, as the divorce proceedings aren't expected to last much longer.

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