As news of Major League Baseball stepping in to oversee the day-to-day operations and finances of the Los Angeles Dodgers broke on Wednesday, reaction has been coming from many angles. Frank McCourt, who is getting his baby taken away, hasn't said anything yet, but a statement of some sort, if not a lawsuit, will almost assuredly be forthcoming. Jamie McCourt however, embroiled in a bitter divorce with Frank for well over a year, did speak on Wednesday.
"As the 50% owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, I welcome and support the Commissioner’s actions to provide the necessary transparency, guidance and direction for the franchise and for Dodgers fans everywhere," Jamie McCourt said in a statement, per Houston Mitchell of the Los Angeles Times. While MLB's involvement is clearly the beginning of the end of McCourt ownership of the Dodgers, it might not be the best news for Jamie. Josh Fisher of Dodger Divorce explains:
The necessity of MLB intervention in the first place is likely terrible news for [Jamie]. Her biggest payday was going to come from either a sale of the team at market value or a massive check coming from the infusion of new capital in Frank's ownership of the Dodgers, through a sale of a minority share, the creation of a new cable network, or a lucrative extension of the club's current TV deal. Now, everything is in limbo.
As for finding another possible owner for the Dodgers, that remains several steps down the road. But, Darren Rovell of CNBC caught up with Dallas Mavericks' owner Mark Cuban, who lost a bidding war for the Texas Rangers in 2010. ""I won't participate in a bidding scenario, but I'm happy to take a look if the team is for sale," Cuban told Rovell.
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