Report: McCourt wants Dodgers sold now
Jamie McCourt is expected to request in court that the Los Angeles Dodgers be sold immediately, according to a report.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon, who is overseeing the divorce proceedings between Jamie and Frank McCourt, is expected on Thursday to set a date to hear Jamie McCourt’s request, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing two people familiar with the legal proceedings.
According to the report, Jamie McCourt is expected to ask Gordon to order the team be put up for sale in order for both parties to collect maximum value for the couple’s primary asset, and she wants Gordon to act before Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig seizes control of the organization from Frank McCourt, giving baseball control of the sale.
Spokespersons for both of the McCourts and for MLB would not comment, according to the Times.
Late last year, Gordon threw out a mutual property agreement that would have given sole ownership of the Dodgers to Frank McCourt.
Last month, Selig took control of the Dodgers’ financial operations amid reports that Frank McCourt was struggling to meet obligations, including payroll. Selig appointed former Texas Rangers president Tom Schieffer trustee of the Dodgers.
Numerous reports have said that McCourt may not meet payroll on May 31, giving Selig the opening to seize control of the team and put it up for sale.
McCourt has argued against the legality of Selig’s actions to this point, and stated that he would pursue all legal avenues to “protect my rights.”