Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Battlin' McCourts

MLB takes over operation of Los Angeles Dodgers

NEW YORK (AP)—Major League Baseball is taking the extraordinary step of assuming control of the Los Angeles Dodgers, a team increasingly paralyzed by the bitter divorce of owners Frank and Jamie McCourt.

Once among baseball’s glamour franchises, the Dodgers have been consumed by infighting since Jamie McCourt filed for divorce after 30 years of marriage in October 2009, one week after her husband fired her as the team’s chief executive. Frank McCourt accused Jamie of having an affair with her bodyguard-driver and performing poorly at work.

Selig told Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt that he will appoint a representative to oversee all aspects of the business and the day-to-day operations of the club.
I thought the Mets had big problems. But da Mets are da Mets & Mets fans are Mets fans & if you know da Mets you know what that means.

The Dodgers are one of the most storied franchises in all of sports, in a city that loves baseball & has beautiful weather for it. When run well, the monetary value of the Dodgers is probably second only to the Yankees. The Los Angeles Dodgers not only own & market their own brand, they have the old Brooklyn Dodgers, too. Every year the suits at whatever network has the World Series pray for a Yankees-Dodgers series. I  loved to make fun of the Dodgers. But I made fun of them because they were good, they always had characters, & they were Los Angeles. 

& all this mess because of a bad marriage. Well, I suppose there's something kind of L.A. about that.

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We here in lala land have been watching this play out daily, and although there was always press reports from both sides' attorneys saying the divorce will not affect the team, sadly it has. So much so, that for the first time in my life as a Dodger fan (and I go back to the 1960's when I was just a teen and would listen to the games on a little transistor radio and, of course, that voice of Vin Scully, who has been calling the games since before I was even born) I've never seen something like this happen.

But, I also lost a little of my love for the team when it was sold by the O'Malley family to Rupert Murdoch via Fox Entertainment Group in 1998, and basically gave up my seaons tickets. Well, I gave them up after the 1994 season's strike, but then was convinced to share in a mini plan (they Dodgers never used to have one but after the strike they lost a lot of ticket holders and had to find a way to get them back). I haven't been to a professional sports game of any kind since 2000, when corporations started taking over sports.
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