Jamie McCourt wants Dodgers sold now
Ex-Los Angeles Dodgers CEO Jamie McCourt on Thursday asked a judge to order the sale of the team, saying her ex-husband has badly mismanaged the franchise since he fired her and has left it in a dire state.
The request comes less than a month after Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig appointed former Texas Rangers President Tom Schieffer to oversee one of baseball's most storied franchises after questions arose about the team's finances.
Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon, who presided over the former couple's divorce trial, set a June 22 date to hear arguments about why he should order the sale of the Dodgers as well as a previous request made by Jamie McCourt to have her ex-husband turn over financial documents.
Neither Jamie nor Frank McCourt attended the brief court hearing Thursday, but both sides stipulated to have Gordon conduct settlement talks that will occur prior to the next hearing.
The divorce trial centered on the validity of a post-nuptial marital agreement that gave Frank McCourt sole ownership of the Dodgers. Gordon deemed the 10-page document invalid and cleared the way for Jamie McCourt to seek half the team under California's community property law.
Outside of court, Jamie McCourt's attorneys said their client could no longer wait to see what may occur with the Dodgers.
''As I've said all along, my goal is to resolve this situation for my family in a way that also advances the best interests of the Dodgers fans, players and franchise,'' she said in a statement. ''This motion will hopefully provide some momentum in the right direction.''
Baseball officials believe the Dodgers do not have enough money to make their May 31 major league player payroll. Frank McCourt took out a $30 million loan from the team's television partner, Fox, earlier this year.
Sorrell Trope, an attorney for Frank McCourt, said his client has no intention of selling the team.
MLB spokesman Pat Courtney declined to comment.