I read The LA Times just like most Dodger fans and the headlines always look like this:
“Dodgers’ bankruptcy could cost Frank McCourt plenty”
“Frank McCourt won’t own up to his responsibilities”
“Dodgers’ argument fails to move bankruptcy judge”
Bill Plaschke, Steve Dilbeck, TJ Simers and Bill Shaikin are quick to point out every misdeed and every possible scenario which bodes ill for Frank McCourt… and they could be right! Or not!
You simply never know what will happen in a court of law. During the OJ Simpson trial, I said he would be found not guilty and was really vilified for it (I did not say he was innocent – just that he wouldn’t be found guilty), and I was right.
There was less evidence that Mike Tyson raped a girl in the Canterbury Hotel in Indianapolis, but he was found guilty.
The judge, not the media, not the fans, and not the fish hacks, runs the trial and controls it’s outcome to a large degree.
While I am not confident that Frank McCourt will win in bankruptcy court and while I know he has lost in the court of public opinion, I think Dodger fans have to at least consider the possibility that he may very well win what he needs in court.
Again, don’t shoot the messenger – I am not on Franks’ payroll, but the possibility exists that Jamie is the idiot, whom Frank tried to please and couldn’t, and even in divorce there is no way that she can be appeased. All it takes is one idiot who doesn’t want to settle, and who doesn’t care if it becomes the most expensive divorce in history. She might be that idiot. I think that Jamie McCourt is clueless: she just wants it all and wants to bring Frank down in the process. That doesn’t absolve him, but it might explain some of the bizarre twists and turns in this case.
What could happen next is anybodies guess, but I will tell you some things that THE LA TIMES won’t discuss:
- I would not be surprised to see the Judge order MLB to turn over team financial documents right in the middle of the bankruptcy trial. It will depend upon the questions asked by Fank’s attorneys and the answers given by MLB, but just because the Court has said he can’t have the documents requested, doesn’t mean he won’t get them during the trial.
- The judge doesn’t care about the Dodgers profitability in 5 years – it cares that the team can emerge from bankruptcy ASAP as a viable entity. Therefore, don’t discount the fact that the Court could indeed order an auction of the teams’ TV rights.
- Nobody mentions it, but I think Franks’ attorneys may have negioated a settlement with his old law firm’s insurance company whereby the settlement for the screw-up they made on the Pre-Dodger-Numpt pays Jamie off.
- Frank may have a financial partner lined up to take over part-ownership of the team and provide an infusion of cash and he can also have a new development plan with a new partner for Chavez Ravine which could generate huge cash. The best time to do that is when the economy is bad.
Frank is up to his ass in alligators and may not survive the next phase, but I just want to present the other side. Some of what I said may happen, may not happen or none of it may happen, but you have to at leaste consider that possibility.
Things would be great if Mark Cuban owned the Dodgers….
It ain’t happening!