Another chapter has been added to the Dodgers/McCourt saga as baseball commissioner Bud Selig announced today that Major League Baseball would take financial control over the beleaguered club.
Selig will appoint a representative to oversee the day-to-day operations of the Dodgers as the MLB continues to investigate Frank McCourt’s ownership. The decision was made after McCourt arranged a $30-million loan with Fox to make the club’s first payroll of the season. According to Selig, his decision to act was based on “deep concern regarding the finances and operations of the Dodgers and to protect the best interests of the Club, its great fans, and all of Major League Baseball.”
McCourt’s ownership of the Dodgers has been under controversy since its start, when Frank McCourt used one of his Boston parking lots as collateral for the club’s purchase from News Corporation. Ticket and concession prices rose season after season as McCourt tried to offset the team’s growing debt.
After the 2009 post season, Frank McCourt filed for divorce from his wife Jamie and fired her from her position as the Dodgers' chief executive, accusing her of having an affair and mismanaging the club. The McCourt’s divorce proceedings and the bitter fight over the club’s ownership overshadowed the team’s performance during the 2010 season.
Much of the 2011 season has been marred by the beating of a Giants fan that occurred in the stadium parking lot on Opening Night. As the organization struggles with safety and financial concerns, change is a welcome concept in the Chavez Ravine.