After MLB commissioner Bud Selig rejected the Dodgers' multi-billion television deal with Fox, Frank McCourt is understandably not pleased with the decision. Attorney Steve Susman, of Susman Godfrey, released a statement on behalf of McCourt and the Dodgers calling Selig's decision "potentially destructive to the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Major League Baseball."
Susman also contended that the deal with Fox "would inject $235 million into the Los Angeles Dodgers," though court records last week showed the upfront money to be $385 million, meaning as much as $150 million would not be going into the team, but rather the McCourts. Susman continued:
All the requirements for the Commissioner to approve the FOX transaction were put in place by last Friday: Frank and Jamie McCourt entered into an agreement based on the proposed transaction; the Court ordered, among other things, that the FOX transaction is "in the best interest of the Los Angeles Dodgers and should be consummated immediately;" and all information requested by Major League Baseball under its so-called investigation has been provided by the Dodgers.
Susman's final line of the statement sounds like a warning of future litigation, which was to be expected, saying "We plan to explore vigorously our options and remedies with respect to Commissioner Selig’s rejection of the proposed FOX transaction and our commitment to protect the long-term best interests of the Los Angeles Dodgers."
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