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09:17 AM ET 10.08 | If Bud Selig wants to strip Frank McCourt of his ownership of the Dodgers for violating baseball rules, the commissioner had better be prepared to prove his case. If he cannot, the business of some other clubs might be aired publicly. That was the essential fine print in Friday's ruling by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Gross, in which he formally refused the Dodgers permission to obtain documents relating to the other 29 major league teams.

Los Angeles Times

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October 8, 2011  09:44 AM ET

so is Butt Selig

October 8, 2011  11:52 AM ET

This thing is going to get a lot uglier before it's resolved.

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October 8, 2011  04:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

This thing is going to get a lot uglier before it's resolved.

IT WILL TAKE YEARS BEFORE THIS CASE HAVE ANY SETTLEMENT!

October 8, 2011  04:01 PM ET

dodgers owner its a money hungry and wouldn't stop untill he get those things his way!!

October 8, 2011  08:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

dodgers owner its a money hungry and wouldn't stop untill he get those things his way!!

I;m a Dodgers fan. Don't like what McCourt has done with the team. That said....He paid hundreds of millions for the team. Let me ask you something. You pay $1000 for a tv. I walk in and say "gee sorry you were using that wrong, so I'm confiscating it". You going to say okay or are you going to be money hungry and not stop til you get your way? Same thing. Only difference is the dollar amount. So if it's not okay for someone to do it to you for your $1000 tv, it's not okay for someone else to do it to a guy with his 500 million dollar purchase. Seems thus far the courts would agree as well. So quit taking the liberal "all rich people are greedy and terrible and the world owes me" attitude.

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October 8, 2011  09:20 PM ET

Thank you for stating the facts.

October 9, 2011  03:34 AM ET

Wow, I say most of the Quotes are Garbage In and Garbage Out!! lol. Priceless.

October 9, 2011  09:21 AM ET
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That said....He paid hundreds of millions for the team.

Nope. You're not even close.

If you look at the transaction, McCourt financed over $421 million ...for a $371 million purchase. So, essentially, he paid nothing for the team other than promise to pay back a lot of loans.

Then McCourt took money out of the Dodgers to finance his other investments.

So your analogy about the big screen TV is ridiculous.

And your gratuitious insertion of the word "liberal" is utterly ****.

Your post is one of the dumbest I have ever read on FN and that is saying alot. Congratulations

October 9, 2011  09:22 AM ET

r e t a r d e d

October 9, 2011  11:19 AM ET

Denverrob wins for the best smile

October 9, 2011  01:33 PM ET

Is there some form of timeline to being the Commish? Why can't we get both McCourt and Selig out. He presided over the steroid era and has made bad decisions all the way around. Can we start a petition to force Selig out?

October 9, 2011  01:42 PM ET

Get both of them out of the game, problem solved.

October 9, 2011  01:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

so is Butt Selig

Agreed, plus he hasn't done a lot to make the game better so why's he still commish?

October 9, 2011  02:11 PM ET

It'd be interesting to say the least to actually see the judge air out MLB dirty laundry publicly.

October 9, 2011  02:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Is there some form of timeline to being the Commish? Why can't we get both McCourt and Selig out. He presided over the steroid era and has made bad decisions all the way around. Can we start a petition to force Selig out?

Only the owners can fire the Commissioner, and as he was an owner before they will be highly unlikely to do so. Especially as he is very pro-owner and very anti-fan.

October 9, 2011  03:20 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I;m a Dodgers fan. Don't like what McCourt has done with the team. That said....He paid hundreds of millions for the team. Let me ask you something. You pay $1000 for a tv. I walk in and say "gee sorry you were using that wrong, so I'm confiscating it". You going to say okay or are you going to be money hungry and not stop til you get your way? Same thing. Only difference is the dollar amount. So if it's not okay for someone to do it to you for your $1000 tv, it's not okay for someone else to do it to a guy with his 500 million dollar purchase. Seems thus far the courts would agree as well. So quit taking the liberal "all rich people are greedy and terrible and the world owes me" attitude.

Damn. Well said. It's always bugged me when people stereotype the wealthy as greedy and uncaring. With the recent death of Steve Jobs people are coming out of the woodwork praising him, but it was well know that he was a terrible boss who used his weight to push around vendors and smaller partners. McCourt owns the Dodgers. Period. He wasn't failing, he was prospering. Since when is it against any law or morals to pull money out of the company he owns? The divorce obviously set plans back, but it's a bump in the road. Work through it and move on. Except in this case, Butt Selig is standing there with his righteous wand telling McCourt he doesn't like the way he dresses, lives and breathes air.

Not a huge McCourt fan, but Selig makes it a lot easier to root for him. And this from a lifelong Dodger fan. Been rooting for them since they were swept by the Orioles in the WS.

 
October 9, 2011  08:33 PM ET
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I like how you worked "liberal" in there. Silly conservatives can't let politics rest, even on a sports page. Anyway, because of the anti-trust exemption, baseball teams are "franchises" and allowing one team to hurt the rest is no different than letting a McDonald's give the entire McDonald's Corporation a bad reputation because they don't clean the floors and sell bad meat. (Garbage analogy, but you get the gist.) If an "owner" screws up, it's within the corporation's rights to remove the owner and find someone else. They would have to buy him out, obviously, but you don't really "own" a team in the MLB. You're merely a franchisee.

You are a hypocrite sir. You can't complain about people making political statements while in the same breath making A POLITCAL STATEMENT. Also, you're honestly defending Selig? He's the worst commisioner ever. The guy makes Fay Vincent look like JFK in terms of leadership. (I threw the JFK reference in because I can see that you are a Masshole).

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