A's owner urges McCourt to sell Dodgers
Oakland Athletics co-owner Lew Wolff became the first owner in Major League Baseball (MLB) to speak out against Frank McCourt, urging him to end his attempt to keep control of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
"My hope is that the Dodgers will be sold to a party that will restart this great franchise and that Frank and his family will benefit from a positive sale," Wolff told the Los Angeles Times, which reported his comments Sunday.
Wolff also defended MLB commissioner Bud Selig from criticism following a recent smearing of his reputation by McCourt's lawyers in court.
Attorneys hit out at Selig's annual salary in a divorce court filing, which they said drained far more money from the sport than McCourt is accused of siphoning from the Dodgers for personal use. The claim was ridiculed by Wolff.
"To try and equate or compare what Bud Selig has done with the administration of the current Dodger franchise is unsupportable," he said.
Wolff added that Selig's handling of the Dodgers financial crisis -- which included rejecting a proposed TV rights deal with FOX that McCourt said was worth more than $3 billion -- was universally supported by his peers.
"I can't think of one owner that is not supportive of the actions taken by MLB," he said.