Jamie McCourt Seeks Immediate Sale Of Dodgers

Jamie McCourt asked the Los Angeles Superior Court to force an immediate sale of the Dodgers, before the next payroll date comes up for the cash-strapped team.

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Report: Jamie McCourt Seeks Immediate Sale Of Dodgers

The Dodgers' ownership situation, with Major League Baseball overseeing the day-to-day operations of the club, seems to be coming to a head in the next two weeks. Frank McCourt is rumored to be short of cash, unable to make payroll at the end of May. However, Jamie McCourt would like to accelerate the timetable, and is expected to ask the Los Angeles Superior Court to force an immediate sale of the Dodgers, per Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.

As it stands now, either MLB would step in and completely seize the team if the club couldn't make payroll, or McCourt could declare bankruptcy before that happens, leading to a new set of problems. But Jamie McCourt wants action before then. Per Shaikin:

Jamie McCourt's position is that the actions of Frank McCourt — her ex-husband — have endangered the value of the Dodgers. She wants Gordon, the Los Angeles Superior Court judge overseeing the couple's divorce, to order that the club be put up for sale so both parties could reap the maximum value for the primary asset of their marriage, according to the people familiar with the proceedings.

Jamie McCourt is expected to urge Gordon to act before Selig can seize the Dodgers so that the couple, not the league, would control the sale process.

It seems like one way or another, McCourt ownership of the Dodgers won't end without litigation. Whatever action ends this drama the fastest, I am all in favor. Anything to get the focus on the Dodgers back on the field.

For more news and information on the Dodgers, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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Bud Selig Playing Waiting Game With Frank McCourt, Dodgers

Dodgers owner Frank McCourt finally got his face-to-face meeting with MLB commissioner Bud Selig on Wednesday, though neither side is revealing much about the meeting. What seems clear, however, is that Selig is playing a waiting game with McCourt. Selig met with reporters on Thursday.

The Dodgers are believed to be unable to make payroll at the end of May, though McCourt insists that if Selig would simply approve his long-term television deal with Fox, which provides upfront money for this season, the Dodgers' current financial woes would disappear. Understandably, MLB is concerned with McCourt's continued practice of borrowing from tomorrow to pay today, and appear set on taking their time, letting the situation play out, which is bad news for McCourt, who already borrowed money last month from Fox to help pay expenses, including payroll.

Still, Selig insists the outcome of MLB's investigation of the Dodgers isn't predetermined, a charge levied by McCourt in recent weeks. But that doesn't mean MLB will move quickly either. "'Nobody is using the Dean Smith four-corner offense. We're trying to move as fast as possible,'' Selig told the Associated Press on Thursday.

"Look, everybody has moved in as expeditious a manner as possible. They'll continue to do that, but I can't set a timeline," Selig told Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times on Thursday. Meanwhile, we wait until the end of the month, wondering what moves from either side will happen next.

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