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07:06 AM ET 07.09 | The Los Angeles Dodgers paid Howard Sunkin, one of their highest-ranking executives more than $400,000 from the team's charity in 2007, which accounted for one-quarter of the foundation's nearly $1.6 million budget that year - compensation more in line with overseeing a $100 million charity. Revelations of the size and source of Sunkin's compensation come as significant questions are being raised about how Frank McCourt and his wife, Jamie, who are fighting over ownership of the Dodgers in their divorce, used the team's funds and whether they skirted tax laws.

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July 9, 2010  07:49 AM ET

Dodgers already have done enough for charity they took Manny on their roster thats sacrificing a lot.

July 9, 2010  09:31 AM ET

As a Dodgers fan, I hope that he sells the team to someone who wants to win. They have enough money to keep up with the elite teams, but, McCourt's cheapness will never let that happen. I f this eport is true, it may be just what Dodger fans need to get this guy out.

July 9, 2010  10:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

As a Dodgers fan, I hope that he sells the team to someone who wants to win. They have enough money to keep up with the elite teams, but, McCourt's cheapness will never let that happen. I f this eport is true, it may be just what Dodger fans need to get this guy out.

Dodgers have traditionally been this way. I think it is a shame too. They just don't need to put a winner on the field to fill the stands, for 5 innings.

July 9, 2010  10:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

As a Dodgers fan, I hope that he sells the team to someone who wants to win. They have enough money to keep up with the elite teams, but, McCourt's cheapness will never let that happen. I f this eport is true, it may be just what Dodger fans need to get this guy out.

It might be fun if he sold it to someone like Mark Cuban

July 9, 2010  10:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Dodgers have traditionally been this way. I think it is a shame too. They just don't need to put a winner on the field to fill the stands, for 5 innings.

Let's be fair to the Dodger fan, they are third in the league this year in attendance, about 300 per game behind Philly and about 1,000 per game behind the Yankees. They get 3 million a year in Chavez Ravine almost every year whether they win or lose. I live in Philly and they come and go here just like they do in LA, I've been to games this year where it is half full at game time and about the same by the end of the game

July 9, 2010  11:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Let's be fair to the Dodger fan, they are third in the league this year in attendance, about 300 per game behind Philly and about 1,000 per game behind the Yankees. They get 3 million a year in Chavez Ravine almost every year whether they win or lose. I live in Philly and they come and go here just like they do in LA, I've been to games this year where it is half full at game time and about the same by the end of the game

I just threw that in...My point was that the fans are loyal. The weather, the freeways, whatever the reason the fans come late and leave early...whatever, it is an amusing anomoly.

July 9, 2010  11:33 AM ET

Wow! A multi-millionaire skits tax laws!! Shocking!!

July 9, 2010  11:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I just threw that in...My point was that the fans are loyal. The weather, the freeways, whatever the reason the fans come late and leave early...whatever, it is an amusing anomoly.

Fair enough, I've been to Dodger Stadium a few hundred times (parents had season seats back in the 70's) and I'm not sure how to explain it, but it is peculiar to LA. No one in LA really stresses about it. I think people usually underestimate how long it takes to get into the stadium and then their seats.

July 9, 2010  12:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Fair enough, I've been to Dodger Stadium a few hundred times (parents had season seats back in the 70's) and I'm not sure how to explain it, but it is peculiar to LA. No one in LA really stresses about it. I think people usually underestimate how long it takes to get into the stadium and then their seats.

The traffic is ridiculous getting into the stadium (since it's in a ravine), and I understand they blocked off all the cool back entrances a few years ago, so it's Stadium Way, or bust. I would never go if I had to go in the front entrance.

July 9, 2010  12:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Fair enough, I've been to Dodger Stadium a few hundred times (parents had season seats back in the 70's) and I'm not sure how to explain it, but it is peculiar to LA. No one in LA really stresses about it. I think people usually underestimate how long it takes to get into the stadium and then their seats.

The traffic is ridiculous getting into the stadium (since it's in a ravine), and I understand they blocked off all the cool back entrances a few years ago, so it's Stadium Way, or bust. I would never go if I had to go in the front entrance.

July 9, 2010  12:15 PM ET

Double post. Nice.

July 9, 2010  12:17 PM ET

I have bee a dodger fan since I was a young girl and met my husband there and I hope this is not true and whether it is or not it would be in the best interest of the team for Mc Court to sell them and hopefully to someone that has the consideration of the fans and not only themsleves has did the O'Malleys they were truely loyal to the organization and its fans.

Ally

July 9, 2010  12:19 PM ET

If you have ever been to Dodger Stadium, you would understand the desire to spend as little time there as possible. All these other high tech stadiums make Dodger Stadium look like poo. Not to mention the QUALITY fans they have there. I love the Dodgers, but if you can't get Field Level tickets, you might want to learn Spanish...

July 9, 2010  12:27 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

If you have ever been to Dodger Stadium, you would understand the desire to spend as little time there as possible. All these other high tech stadiums make Dodger Stadium look like poo. Not to mention the QUALITY fans they have there. I love the Dodgers, but if you can't get Field Level tickets, you might want to learn Spanish...

and wear a bullet proof vest...

July 9, 2010  12:57 PM ET

wow, some perfectly racist and fear-mongering comments from angels fans. stay classy down there. as a life long dodger fan now living in chicago, i can honestly say that dodger fans stand up with any fan base in the country in terms of baseball smarts and the level of excitement at a game. i also lived in new york for over a decade so i have seen countless yankees and mets and cubs and white sox games. for those of you that don't like dodger stadium, go sit in your cookie cutter stadium with the white suburban masses. dodger stadium and dodger fans have character at least.

but actually on the topic of the posted blurb here, the mccourts have never been right for this team or right for baseball. hopefully he will do what is right and sell to someone who cares about the team and the fanbase more than his bottomline and his image as an executive. i really think he has always just been infatuated with the idea of being an owner in the mlb club.

July 9, 2010  01:10 PM ET

@SoCalBroncosFan and GoHalos!...

I'm a Padre fan all my life. Every year since my childhood with my Dad, and now with my son, I've traveled to Dodger stadium to watch them play the Padres.

Yes, the stadium is in need of a major facelift, and the Chavez Ravine community has seen better days. But in my decades of going into the heart of Dodgerland I've never had trouble with the fans, and I sit in the view level seats near the top, behind home plate. They love their team, they cheer loudly when their team is winning or doing well, and enjoy a good game.

But I've never felt threatened, or couldn't communicate to those around me in my native language.

Seriously, leave the racist comments unsaid, it just makes you both look like tools and idiots.

July 9, 2010  01:28 PM ET

I used to always use the back entrances - which is one reason I could always get to my seat on time.
Thanks ChargerDawg for the perspective it is a good place to watch a game.

SoCalBroncosFan -- guess you wouldn't appreciate a game at Fenway, Wrigley or the old Yankee Stadium either.

July 9, 2010  02:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

It might be fun if he sold it to someone like Mark Cuban

When I heard his name as interested in buying the Dodgers I was very happy. The guy is a little off the wall, but, he loves his team in Dallas and he loves sports. His passion, (and cash) would bring the Dodgers back to where they were. Raise your own and fill in with some players via trades or free agency. Remember, the 70's infield was home grown, but guys like Reggie Smith, Dusty Baker, Rick Monday, Andy Messersmith, Bert Hooten, etc. came from smart trades and FA. The Yankees are about to get Cliff Lee. As a Yankee hater it is ridiculous to think of that staff and line-up. But, if you've got the resources and you have people in charge that want to win, you have to give them credit....and probably their 28th title.

July 9, 2010  02:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

wow, some perfectly racist and fear-mongering comments from angels fans. stay classy down there. as a life long dodger fan now living in chicago, i can honestly say that dodger fans stand up with any fan base in the country in terms of baseball smarts and the level of excitement at a game. i also lived in new york for over a decade so i have seen countless yankees and mets and cubs and white sox games. for those of you that don't like dodger stadium, go sit in your cookie cutter stadium with the white suburban masses. dodger stadium and dodger fans have character at least.but actually on the topic of the posted blurb here, the mccourts have never been right for this team or right for baseball. hopefully he will do what is right and sell to someone who cares about the team and the fanbase more than his bottomline and his image as an executive. i really think he has always just been infatuated with the idea of being an owner in the mlb club.

It's amusing how, Giants fans, Padre fans and now Angels fans are so jealous of the Dodgers. I live in NYC and when the Dodgers play the Mets I always go to Shea, or now, Citifield. NYC is a melting pot for different origins, but thousands of fans are spanish. They love their Mets and give me a good razing while I'm cheering for the Bums. No matter where I sit I expect it. Some fans get rowdy and their are fights here too. I don't see LA papers, but, from what anti Dodger posts I see, it sounds like Dodger stadium is a battlefield in the stands every game. I watch every game on TV and while TV wouldn't show it, you could usually tell when something is going on in the stands by the crowd. I haven't noticed it. So, could someone tell me if it's really as bad as some of these posts make it out to be? Been to Dodger Stadium once in my life and it was great.

 
July 9, 2010  02:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

I used to always use the back entrances - which is one reason I could always get to my seat on time. Thanks ChargerDawg for the perspective it is a good place to watch a game.SoCalBroncosFan -- guess you wouldn't appreciate a game at Fenway, Wrigley or the old Yankee Stadium either.

Man you hit the nail on the head. I was lucky to get tickets to Fenway when the Dodgers just played there. I had never been there in my life so just going to see agame there was exciting and seeing the Dodgers play there was unbelievable. What was even more unbelievable was how many Dodger fans were there. Many made the long trek from California. I'm sure many of those people go to Dodger games in LA regularly. They were rooting hard for the Dodgers and Boston fans were rooting for the Sox right back. That is what baseball should be. I just wish we would have won a game.

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