Dodgers now under MLB control

Brief, terse press release from Commissioner Selig today regarding the Dodgers.

“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.”

The big clue that this was happening was that Selig rejected a $200 million loan and a new TV deal between Fox and the Dodgers. Fox sent McCourt a smaller $30 million loan last week just to cover payroll, which may have been the last straw. The last thing Selig and the other owners want to see is for the Dodgers to hit such a debt level that it negatively affects bidding on the team. This didn’t hurt the Rangers when Tom Hicks put the team in a similar position, but still, at some point enough is enough. Apart from the messy process of legally extricating the Dodgers from the McCourts, the team is still one of the most valuable in baseball and should attract numerous bidders, none of whom are likely to be Lew Wolff.

22 thoughts on “Dodgers now under MLB control

  1. yesterday Townsend had Bill Shaikin on talking about MLB reject the Dodgers attempt to get a loan from Fox Sports. He asked Shaikin what the fall out would be, and now we see. WOW

  2. No real surprise. When McCourt needed an outside source to meet the payroll that was it for Selig and MLB. It has been messy from the beginning with the McCourts as owners of the Dodgers. No one would confuse a man with so many money problems as Frank McCourt with Warren Buffett. No one would confuse him with Walter O’Malley either. The Dodgers and their fans caught a break here.

  3. Get ready for a new round of baseless Wolff buying the Dodgers rumors to start flying.

  4. Ah yes! The power of the commissioners office. Who’s in charge of the Bay Area situation again?…

  5. only problem Tony d is bs should have acted a long time ago on the dodgers—why wait until crisis—-just like our A’s–and remind me what he did on steriods again…..ah yes–nothing…..guy couldnt fight his way out of a paperbag–worse commish ever in my humble opinion

  6. “Get ready for a new round of baseless Wolff buying the Dodgers rumors to start flying.”

    Agree. After the Lakers and that mythical NFL franchise, the Dodgers would be the most valuable sports property in the area. There ought to be a few Hollyweird types who would have the scratch to own and operate that franchise.

  7. Comon, Bud, talk you frat buddy into buying the Dodgers and put the A’s up for sale locally (Hey, Mr. Piccinini, you may not get shot down by the Lodge this time; your net worth has increased considerably the last 10 years).
    Wolff lives down in LA, his biz is located down there, he’d be the big cheese down in LA LA land. Guaranteed big crowds 81 games a year, so we don’t have to hear him bitch about small crowds up here. It’s a win-win for everybody. He can take Billy with him, have a zillion dollars to spend, and may get a WS ring before BS decides on the A’s TR’s.

  8. so mlb can take control over two teams over the past year with tex and now the lad, but two years plus to find out whether its sj or oak.

    nice job bs!

  9. MLB approves the sale of the Dodgers to the questionable McCourt for $430 mill, no prob, but shoots down Piccinini’s group, who more than qualified and actually overbid for the A’s, at $120 mill? WTF?
    The Lodge is effed up, I’m so pissed!!

  10. What is it? 2011? Dolich/Piccini is what, a decade ago?

  11. I’m with jk-usa. I think the Dolich/Piccini group could’ve gotten the job done in San Jose years ago.

  12. Jeffery, If your concern was securing the long term future for the A’s no matter what the location as you keep insisting you should be upset about the Dolich/Piccinini deal too. A’s fans got hosed on that deal.

  13. For the first time ever, and I mean EVAR, I think an internet petition to demand MLB make a decision on the SCCo t-rights is a good idea. I know your eyeballs are rolling now, but hear me out. I know it won’t speed up the process because they’re going to make their decision when they want to.

    (A) A’s fans are divided, but both side want a decision. It’d be a unified demand for an answer. If anything, the lack of a strong/large A’s fan community has allowed MLB to postpone this issue for so long. If this happened in NYC or LA, MLB would’ve acted sooner than 767+ days.

    (B) MLB rightfully gets a lot of grief from putting financial ahead of fan satisfaction. If there was a unified voice, there’d at least be a public statement that fan-concerns are sitting on the backburner because MLB is unwilling to rock the boat rather than remote, informal complaints on message boards and radio shows.

    (C) It could be a point of reference sports writers could use in their articles. Writers have references LetsGoOakland or ProbaseballSanJose, but those are interest groups that want a particular answer. A general petition for an answer doesn’t have any other motive than forcing action (any action) on this subject.

    (D) MLB is essentially biting the hand that feels them. I know the A’s are small potatoes, but there wouldn’t be the A’s if there weren’t any fans. For obvious reasons, Oakland, San Jose, Lew Wolff aren’t in positions to demand anything from anyone. But as fans, we are.

    (E) Petitions can be (and often are) down-right silly. But, in the end, would it hurt anything? I can’t really think of a reason why it would.

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    Thoughts?

  14. d jr. The point is… that is history. We are where we are.
    .
    As much as some folks like to rail on about what has happened in the past, I personally think it is a waste of energy at this point.
    .
    I am pissed off that Uptown never happened. But being pissed off at the City of Oakland for what the Mayor (two mayors ago) did or didn’t do is not productive right now.
    .
    If we heard tomorrow that Victory Court had a rock solid financing plan and the EIR was completed without hassle, I would support that plan. The only caveat being, as an Alameda County resident and tax payer, I don’t want to pay for any new stadium with anything other than my season tickets.
    .
    You can keep trying to paint me with your narrow brush, it’s fun.

  15. briggs, let’s set one up.

  16. “After the Lakers and that mythical NFL franchise, the Dodgers would be the most valuable sports property in the area.”

    The Lakers are just an NBA franchise, even though they are one of the best of those. Forbes values the Lakers at $643 million. http://www.forbes.com/lists/2010/32/basketball-valuations-11_Los-Angeles-Lakers_320250.html

    The Dodgers, despite the gross mismanagement of the McCourts, are pegged by Forbes at $800 million.

    For decades the Dodgers owned LA – far more popular than even the Lakers or the Rams or Raiders. Within baseball, they were drawing 3 million fans back in the 70s, when only a few other teams broke the 2 million mark (and the A’s were pulling in only 395,000 for entire 1979 season!). What’s happened to the Dodger franchise over the last 13 years is a travesty, and MLB is completely right to step in and start mitigating the damage.

    By the way, Bud DID reject McCourt as the Red Sox owner, and Bud created his own deal involving the Red Sox, Marlins and Expos and paving the way for relocation into DC. The McCourts were approved by MLB for the Dodgers as a favor to Fox in 2004, at a time when Fox was eager to divest itself of the team and MLB was eager to get rid of Fox’s corporate ownership.

  17. @Briggs–Piccinini was commited to Oakland and the eastbay, NOT San Jose.
    IMO, a petition would be a waste of time, but good luck any way on it. BS will announce his decsion when he’s darn well ready. Don’t rock the boat like Mayor Reed did, and piss this dude off even more.

  18. Isaac and Suk talking A’s ownership and Lew Wolff to Dodgers rumors

  19. I’m down to spearhead a petition. I understand that newballpark.org isn’t an advocacy site and I don’t want to step on anyone’s toes, so I’ll zip it on the subject. I’ll prep a statement and run it by anyone who’s interest for revisions and suggestions. In the slight chance there even is a official response from MLB, I presume it’ll be along the lines of “We’re still exploring possibilities etc.” Still, some fan noise on the subject is better than none. It’s prob a good idea to wait until the Oakland EIR sees daylight. I’m traveling up to Seattle tomorrow morning (where I’ll also see the A’s at Safeco), but hopefully find some time to research the best way to approach this.

  20. Jealous! Safeco is cool

  21. Safeco is very cool. I saw the A’s/M’s play there back in 2003 and 2008.
    The trains tooting by will be like VC park.
    The old Kingdome was the pits.

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