Tag:Bud Selig
Posted on: June 20, 2011 8:42 pm
Edited on: June 20, 2011 8:59 pm

McCourt to MLB: See you in court?

A lawyer's statement on behalf of down-and-almost-out Dodgers owner Frank McCourt this afternoon nearly guaranteed the next step: See you in court.

Not long after Commissioner Bud Selig nixed McCourt's proposed television deal for the Dodgers on Monday, Steve Susman, senior partner of Susman Godfrey, released a statement that, in part, said: "We plan to explore vigorously our options and remedies with respect to Commissioner Selig’s rejection of the proposed Fox transaction and our commitment to protect the long-term best interests of the Los Angeles Dodgers.”

That was the kicker. The rest of the statement:

 “We are extremely disappointed with the Commissioner’s rejection of the proposed Fox transaction which would inject $235 million into the Los Angeles Dodgers.  As Commissioner Selig well knows, this transaction would make the Dodgers financially secure for the long term and one of the best capitalized teams in Major League Baseball.
“For  weeks Major League Baseball has consistently made public pronouncements asserting that Jamie McCourt’s agreement of the Fox transaction also was  needed; that the Court adjudicating the McCourt divorce grant its approval of the transaction; and the Dodger organization provide all data requested by Major League Baseball to satisfy the so-called investigation ordered by  Commissioner Selig last April -- the latter also being the excuse he gave at that time for delaying his approval of the proposed Fox transaction.
“All the requirements for the Commissioner to approve the Fox transaction were put in place by last Friday: Frank and Jamie McCourt entered into an agreement based on the proposed transaction; the Court ordered, among other things, that the Fox transaction is 'in the best interest of the Los Angeles Dodgers and should be consummated immediately;' and all information requested by Major League Baseball under its so-called investigation has been provided by the Dodgers. 
“Commissioner Selig’s letter of rejection is not only a disappointment, but worse, is potentially destructive to the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Major League Baseball.  Accordingly, we plan to explore vigorously our options and remedies with respect to Commissioner Selig’s rejection of the proposed Fox transaction and our commitment to protect the long-term best interests of the Los Angeles Dodgers.” 


Posted on: April 20, 2011 5:21 pm
Edited on: April 20, 2011 6:26 pm

Baseball looks to force McCourt out of L.A.

Commissioner Bud Selig has reached his breaking point with Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, and do not underestimate Selig sending in a "representative" to "oversee all aspects of the business and the day-to-day operations of the club."

Plan and simple, the translation is this: It is a move designed to force McCourt to sell the Dodgers.

Baseball has had it. McCourt has embarrassed himself, the franchise and long ago lost all credibility. The only relevant question here is what took baseball so long to act.

Yes, clubs have had issues in the past, most recently last summer when the Texas Rangers entered bankruptcy during their ownership transition from Tom Hicks to a group led by Chuck Greenberg. Baseball became involved then in overseeing the Rangers' finances, but nothing like this.

This is last-days-of-Marge-Schott in Cincinnati serious. That's the last time baseball became so fed up with an owner that it took action to force the owner out of the game. Schott, unlike McCourt, was suspended.

McCourt? Right now, he's only on deck to be publicly humiliated. Which, of course, he might be incapable of, because that should have happened long, long ago.

Posted on: April 28, 2010 8:15 pm

All-Star tweaks purely common sense issues

Baseball's move Wednesday to use the designated hitter in every All-Star Game, be it in an American or National League park, is one of those decisions that is so obvious you just assumed it would have been done several years ago.

Should have been, at least.

Whatever your feelings on the designated hitter -- keep it, throw it back -- the one thing everybody should be able to agree on is this: The All-Star Game is the one time when nobody wants to see a pitcher bat.

Seems obvious, doesn't it?

"I think it does," says Angels manager Mike Scioscia, a member of Commissioner Bud Selig's Special Committee for On-Field Matters.

It won't be an issue this summer in Anaheim -- the DH would have been in use regardless in an AL park -- but it would have been last summer in St. Louis and next summer in Phoenix.

The other All-Star changes mostly are things done "for common sense", as Scioscia put it. And he's right. Especially adding an additional roster spot (bumping each roster from 33 to 34 players) and allowing each manager to pick on position player who will be allowed to re-enter the game in the event the last player used at that position is injured.

Also, by making any pitcher pitching the preceding Sunday ineligible for the All-Star Game, it removes managers (and the pitchers themselves) from the delicate situation of pushing someone into risking injury.

The one hugely controversial aspect of the All-Star Game baseball is leaving alone is the outcome being tied to the World Series, the winning league gaining home-field advantage for the Fall Classic.

Personally, I like it. The All-Star Game once meant something, then it didn't, and even though it's an exhibition, there is absolutely no reason why it should be meaningless. I'm glad they left that part alone.

Posted on: October 23, 2008 8:54 pm

Selig: Baseball OK waiting for Obama

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Commissioner Bud Selig said before Game 2 of the World Series here Thursday that he is happy to step aside for Sen. Barack Obama.

The concept: The Obama campaign has purchased television time next Wednesday evening as the Democrat's run for the presidency enters its final days.

As a result, if the World Series extends to Game 6 -- something that last happened in 2003 -- first pitch will be delayed for eight minutes.

Though that request came through Fox television, according to Selig, the commissioner is cool with it.

"It's eight minutes," Selig said. "I'd do that for anybody. That's just a question of being a good citizen."

Meanwhile, as Wall Street continues to melt down, inflation rises and people worry about their jobs, Selig admitted that he doesn't have any definitive answers concerning how it all will affect his sport.

"I don't know," Selig said. "I just don't know. I watched (former Federal Reserve chairman) Alan Greenspan this morning and he talked like this is maybe a once in a century tsunami, and I think he's right.

"The more people I talk to, economists, they don't know. So it's very hard for me to determine. I don't know."

Selig said he met with the bankers with whom baseball does business earlier in the day Thursday, and he said he wound up talking more about their woes than baseball's.

He also reiterated how he publicly told owners a couple of weeks ago not to "get cocky" this winter with ticket prices and other economic decisions in selling the game to fans this winter.

"We have to be extremely sensitive," he said.

Major league baseball has no current plans, he said to lay off any employees. The NBA laid off 80 full-time staffers earlier this month.

"We're budgeting very cautiously," Selig said. "We made it through this year, and it's been a remarkable year. But people are concerned. No one is immune. The fact is, this is something that affects every one of us in different forms."

Other items of note during the discussion with Selig:

-- Predictably, after none of the previous four World Series has lasted longer than five games, the commissioner sure wouldn't mind a Fall Classic that extends to six or seven games -- both for television ratings and for the good of the game (which aren't mutually exclusive ideas).

"It's always important in any series," Selig said. "The first two or three games, you're just starting to feel each other out. It builds. If you can get to Monday, Wednesday and Thursday next week (Games 5, 6 and 7), it would be very important."

-- Selig thinks the Tampa Bay-Boston American League Championship Series helped fuel interest in this World Series because "the Rays got a lot of coverage playing the Red Sox. It isn't like people are being introduced to the team for the first time."

-- The commissioner would like to eliminate some of the off days in October so that teams aren't sitting around so much between games. Within that, the off day between Games 4 and 5 in the League Championship Series would be eliminated. They were just added last year when baseball tweaked its postseason schedule to the World Series would be played over only one weekend instead of two.

"I don't know yet," Selig said. "It's worth looking at."

-- And even though baseball changed the World Series format to play on only one Saturday because it's the lowest rated television night of the week, Selig talked like baseball won't consider moving the start time of the Saturday game into the afternoon, or even as early as 5 or 6 p.m. EDT.

"Look, I understand that," he said. "I've talked to both managers about the time of games. We had afternoon games in the LCS and the ratings were brutal.

"The ratings get better and better as the night goes on."

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