I was interviewed on a local sports-talk radio show yesterday and was asked if it wasn’t “if, but when” MLB would take over the Dodgers.
Is I have always maintained, it is not a given that Frank McCourt will lose control of the Dodgers – like it or not!
Today, we learned that Frank and Jamie McCourt have allegedly reached a settlement contingent upon two things:
- Bud Selig and MLB approving the FOX contract Frank has in place; and
- A one-day hearing as to whether the Dodgers are community property or not.
Frankly, I think Bud has to approve the deal with FOX and let the court decide ownership. Of course, every reporter is going to say that if Judge Gordon rules that the Dodgers are community property, then Frank will be forced to sell. As always, I marvel at their lack of imagination.
It has pretty much been me against the world in what will happen with the Dodgers. Don’t get me wrong – I’d take Mark Cuban as owner in an “LA Minute” but I have been the lone voice in saying that McCourt might maintain ownership of the Dodgers.
In fact, I am going to go as far to say that if you are truly a Dodger fan and want to see this team win now, then the best chance you have is if the Court happens the rule in favor of Frank and Bud approves the MLB deal. Frank will be flush with cash and the Dodgers will become buyers before the trade deadline, because Frank knows that getting a couple of high caliber players and winning a few games will put butts in seats. The fans who scorned Frank will return if he were to acquire a David Wright and/or other stars.
You’ll come back too. Fickle fans always do!