Dodgers file for bankruptcy

posted at 12:15 pm on June 27, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

When we talk about a mid-season collapse in baseball, it usually refers to a sudden drought in hitting or a streak of bad pitching.  We haven’t seen a team’s finances collapse since the Cleveland Spiders in 1899, when the team stunk so badly that locals wouldn’t buy tickets and other teams wouldn’t play them at home because of the lack of revenue, forcing the Spiders to play almost all of their games on the road.  In Los Angeles, the Dodgers have never had those kinds of problems, but they still declared bankruptcy today:

The Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday filed for bankruptcy protection, blaming Major League Baseball for refusing to approve a television deal with News Corp’s Fox Network to give the financially strapped baseball team a quick injection of cash.

Dodgers owner Frank McCourt has been struggling to meet payroll and other financial commitments, having been heavily in debt and locked in a bitter divorce battle with his former wife Jamie tied to the team’s ownership.

On June 20, the league rejected a proposed $3 billion, 17-year transaction with Fox, saying it would not be in the best interests of the Dodgers, the game and fans. Baseball has been monitoring the Dodgers’ day-to-day operations.

The fiscal crisis at the storied franchise began when owner Frank McCourt’s wife filed for divorce and claimed the Dodgers as community property.  The dispute weakened the club’s finances and created an appearance of managerial drift, which prompted MLB Commissioner Bud Selig to take control of the team in April when McCourt applied for a short-term loan to meet payroll.

The television deal would have solved McCourt’s problems in more ways than one.  It formed the crux of a settlement with his estranged wife, which would have put his ownership of the team in the clear.  The contract front-loaded payment to the Dodgers — likely the criterion that Selig found objectionable — in order to pay off Jamie McCourt and infuse cash back into the team’s coffers.  Now with the Fox deal scotched, the settlement will collapse:

Bankruptcy protection will provide the Dodgers with a process to address its immediate financing requirements and obtain the capital necessary to ensure the baseball franchise’s long-term financial stability, the team said.

McCourt said the Dodgers have tried for almost a year to get Selig to approve the Fox transaction. The deal would have provided him with $385 million up front and was vital to a binding settlement reached between him and his ex-wife and former Dodger CEO Jamie McCourt last week. McCourt now faces the potential of missing a June 30 team payroll without the TV funds and that could lead to a MLB takeover. …

The divorce settlement, now voided because of Selig’s decision, called for a one-day “characterization” trial Aug. 4 to determine if title to the Dodgers is in Frank McCourt’s name or if the team should be considered community property and sold. Sacks said the trial may be shelved and Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon could decide how to handle the former couple’s assets at a later date.

The rejection of the deal by Selig raises questions about MLB’s motives.  Did they really fear that reduced TV revenues in later years would be so damaging to the Dodgers that they had no choice but to reject the deal?  Or does Selig just want the McCourts out so badly that he doesn’t mind sabotaging their settlement in order to force a sale through the courts to more stable ownership?  Honestly, either way, it’s hard to blame Selig and MLB, given the embarrassment of the battling McCourts and the slow decline of the league’s premiere teams.

Just remember — if it hadn’t been for tax issues and Richard Riordan’s screwing of Peter O’Malley on a potential NFL franchise, the Dodgers might still have had stable and intelligent ownership, and might have been in a World Series sometime in the last 23 years.

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Soon to be purchased by a south of the border businessman. Renamed to ‘La Raza’.

Limerick on June 27, 2011 at 12:20 PM

We haven’t seen a team’s finances collapse since the Cleveland Spiders in 1899…

Montreal Expos

NotCoach on June 27, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Selig needs to seize this team before McCourt destroys it.

TC@LeatherPenguin on June 27, 2011 at 12:20 PM

fitting for the state.

rob verdi on June 27, 2011 at 12:21 PM

The Dodgers for decades was my team, but ever since they apologized for forbidding that homosexual couple from “necking” in the stands, & gave them season tickets, I’ve rooted against this team & the entire organization.
May they never get a bailout!

itsnotaboutme on June 27, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Sell the team back to Brooklyn.

Bishop on June 27, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Lots of sports on HotAir today.

Abby Adams on June 27, 2011 at 12:23 PM

The Brewers have a three game lead in the NL Central, that’s all that really matters. Well that and the fact we just swept the Twins.

lowandslow on June 27, 2011 at 12:23 PM

As a Dodgers fan, there is only one thing I want right now: new ownership. This article last week telling Frank McCourt to let go of the Dodgers summarized my feelings quite well. The last two years have been incredibly hard as a fan, especially one who has never even been to a Dodgers game. I can only hope that this is our rock bottom, and brighter days (and World Series) lay ahead.

pookysgirl on June 27, 2011 at 12:25 PM

itsnotaboutme on June 27, 2011 at 12:22 PM

I think the main issues for the Dodgers is that Raiders fans now have a new home. It’s illegal alien controlled. All the decent fans are leaving.

Oil Can on June 27, 2011 at 12:25 PM

quick, let’s bail them out.

What are are the morons going to watch if bb fails?

esnap on June 27, 2011 at 12:28 PM

I think the main issues for the Dodgers is that Raiders fans now have a new home. It’s illegal alien controlled. All the decent fans are leaving.

Oil Can on June 27, 2011 at 12:25 PM

Yup, the necking thing was just the last straw in a series of p.c. blunders.

itsnotaboutme on June 27, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Move the team to Mexico. That’s where their fan base is from anyway. Further, that would match economic trends; outsourcing jobs.

Claypigeon on June 27, 2011 at 12:30 PM

I hear that the Philippines have put in a significant bid for the Dodgers.

They will be renamed “The Manila Folders”.

Waka-waka-waka!

heldmyw on June 27, 2011 at 12:30 PM

I grew up in the that heady era of Steve Garvey and Davie Lopes. I remember the the Penguin (Ron Cey) at 3rd base and Orel and Fernando on the hill. I always hated the Dodgers but they were worthy villains.

The best announcer in any sport IMHO was Vin Scully. That man had a gift for gab that I have never heard anybody come near. He was pure genius.

But I gave up on baseball when they went on strike in the 90′s. Aside from the nostalgia it evokes, this news means nothing to me.

MJBrutus on June 27, 2011 at 12:31 PM

I wonder…
Since it looks like the parties in the divorce had something worked out, and Selig killed the deal that would have fixed things, do you think the McCourts will go after Selig and the MLB for damages?

Oh to be a lawyer on the wall there. :)

Oh yeah…

YANKEES SUCK! *grin*

evilned on June 27, 2011 at 12:33 PM

Aren’t major league baseball teams “too big to fail?”

UltimateBob on June 27, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Mets file for moral bankruptcy.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on June 27, 2011 at 12:34 PM

The fiscal crisis at the storied franchise began when owner Frank McCourt’s wife filed for divorce and claimed the Dodgers as community property. The dispute weakened the club’s finances and created an appearance of managerial drift, which prompted MLB Commissioner Bud Selig to take control of the team in April when McCourt applied for a short-term loan to meet payroll.

Completely false. Come on now, Ed.

This began long before the divorce when the McCourts have began forcing the Dodgers to take out large loans to pay their personal expenses. I believe they each get a $65000/month salary. Of course the team can’t afford that. The divorce just made things final.

alwaysfiredup on June 27, 2011 at 12:36 PM

Just remember — if it hadn’t been for tax issues and Richard Riordan’s screwing of Peter O’Malley on a potential NFL franchise, the Dodgers might still have had stable and intelligent ownership, and might have been in a World Series sometime in the last 23 years.

Just remember — perhaps one of the most despicable use of eminent domain. They obtained that property in a typical conniving way, lying to the public, back room deals, and the city paying millions (even then), and receiving a fraction from the O’Malleys I still, as a young boy, remember the bulldozers moving in and taking down “homes” of the last few residents.
I have no sympathy for the Dodgers…

right2bright on June 27, 2011 at 12:37 PM

I hope the whole league goes bankrupt. Nothing but a bunch of overpaid whiney prima donnas anymore.

Sporty1946 on June 27, 2011 at 12:38 PM

Move the team to Mexico. That’s where their fan base is from anyway. Further, that would match economic trends; outsourcing jobs.

Claypigeon on June 27, 2011 at 12:30 PM

ICE should line up buses and agents and just check the documents of everyone leaving Dodger stadium. That would be a good first step in cleaning up LA.

slickwillie2001 on June 27, 2011 at 12:38 PM

Here’s a good roundup of the mess that is Frank and Jamir McCourt.

alwaysfiredup on June 27, 2011 at 12:39 PM

This has long been in the works, in part because McCourt and his family have looted the team for years.

IIRC, the divorce was set into motion when Frank fired his wife from her high-paying do-nothing position with the team.

The only surprise is that this didn’t come a month ago, as the TV contract deal with FOX that was blocked by MLB was claimed by McCourt as the only way he’d be able to meet payroll.

teke184 on June 27, 2011 at 12:39 PM

Meh. Whatevs.

I just can’t seem to muster a smidgeon of a give a darn.

FlatFoot on June 27, 2011 at 12:39 PM

Send the Dodgers back to Brooklyn…the Lakers back to Minneapolis….the Angels back to California…(ok Anaheim)….and send their football team back to…(oops scratch that)…and may the Kings suck forever…

moc23 on June 27, 2011 at 12:41 PM

And to think that McCourt’s first choice was to buy the Red Sox before the era of John Henry.

*phew*

The curse of the Babe is most certainly gone.

Oh, yeah…

a gratuitous YANKEES SUCK to everyone out there.

:)

turfmann on June 27, 2011 at 12:41 PM

With the exception of the Lakers, I pretty much loathe our other two Big sports team. Attending a Dodgers game is simply an unpleasant experience bolstered by the fact that baseball is just BORING.

Apologetic California on June 27, 2011 at 12:42 PM

Dodgers suck.

Harmon Killebrew is smiling down from Hall of Fame heaven today.

(Revenge for ’65)

Bruno Strozek on June 27, 2011 at 12:42 PM

Mets file for moral bankruptcy.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on June 27, 2011 at 12:34 PM

If you ever step foot on Staten Island, let me know, because the beer will flow for free to any man jack who hates on the team from Queens.

TC@LeatherPenguin on June 27, 2011 at 12:43 PM

Soon to be purchased by a south of the border businessman. Renamed to ‘La Raza’.

Limerick on June 27, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Los Illegals…

Seven Percent Solution on June 27, 2011 at 12:45 PM

Soon to be purchased by a south of the border businessman. Renamed to ‘La Raza’.

Limerick on June 27, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Los Illegals…

Seven Percent Solution on June 27, 2011 at 12:45 PM

The LA Migra Dodgers

teke184 on June 27, 2011 at 12:46 PM

The McCourts are thieves.

Blake on June 27, 2011 at 12:47 PM

I’m a huge Dodgers fan and the McCourts have ruined this team. The beating of the Giants fan on opening day was the last straw for many people out here regarding the Dodgers.

Not only do they not sign any good players, they skimp on security, they play into the whole Los Doyers theme (even selling Los Doyers T-shirts) and every freakin’ time I go to a game it’s “Viva Los Dodgers” night. What kind of crowd do you think you’re drawing with that stuff?

When I was a kid Dodgers stadium was a family friendly place, now the stands are full of gangbangers. I went to the game Friday night and the security was a little better, but it took a fan getting beaten almost to death to make some changes. The McCourts just need to go. Now.

JohnInCA on June 27, 2011 at 12:47 PM

Just remember — perhaps one of the most despicable use of eminent domain. They obtained that property in a typical conniving way, lying to the public, back room deals, and the city paying millions (even then), and receiving a fraction from the O’Malleys I still, as a young boy, remember the bulldozers moving in and taking down “homes” of the last few residents.
I have no sympathy for the Dodgers…

right2bright on June 27, 2011 at 12:37 PM

If you mean the ILLEGAL SQUATTERS in Chavez Ravine, I have no sympathy for THEM… “Lo siento mucho…”

The fact that McCourt owes Vin Scully $200,000 is enough reason to drag him through cactus…

Khun Joe on June 27, 2011 at 12:48 PM

The rejection of the deal by Selig raises questions about MLB’s motives. Did they really fear that reduced TV revenues in later years would be so damaging to the Dodgers that they had no choice but to reject the deal? Or does Selig just want the McCourts out so badly that he doesn’t mind sabotaging their settlement in order to force a sale through the courts to more stable ownership?

My bet is the 17 year part of the contract. That’s an awfully long time to be locked into one station. In Portland the Trailblazers locked in with Comcast Sportsnet, which right now means if you have Dish or DirectTV, you can’t watch almost all Blazer games. Comcast is asking WAY too much money for the broadcast rights. Fox owns DirectTV, so for 17 years they would have the ability to create this same situation.

Would be fine with me, I wouldn’t watch the Dodgers even if it got me out of a root canal. But I can see where MLB is coming from on this.

PastorJon on June 27, 2011 at 12:50 PM

Selig needs to seize this team before McCourt destroys it.

TC@LeatherPenguin on June 27, 2011 at 12:20 PM

While I am a Giant fan Selig needs to stop playing dictator and let the owners work this out.
The Commissioner of Baseball position needs to go the way of J. Edgar Hoover.

darwin-t on June 27, 2011 at 12:53 PM

When I was a kid Dodgers stadium was a family friendly place, now the stands are full of gangbangers. I went to the game Friday night and the security was a little better, but it took a fan getting beaten almost to death to make some changes. The McCourts just need to go. Now.

JohnInCA on June 27, 2011 at 12:47 PM

My feeling exactly. But it might be too late for the Dodgers to change their fan base. The family friendly team is the Angels, since my son can go those games. He probably be a Angel fan when grows up. Stupid business decission on the McCourts or maybe I’m wrong and see where California is heading. However, they are losing or lost the next generation of decent fans.

Oil Can on June 27, 2011 at 12:53 PM

The perfect time to end taxpayer subsidies to professional sports.

OK boys, you are officially cut off from the taxpayer teet.

Terri on June 27, 2011 at 12:54 PM

I blame Breitbart…

… ain’t he a Dodgers fan?

Abby Adams on June 27, 2011 at 12:56 PM

This IS the fault of MLB.

We don’t have to like the McCourts, most didn’t like Steinbrenner. But to BLOCK a VALID Television contract that would have SETTLED matters, that should be illegal.

I think McCourt’s a JERK, his wife too… BUT I HOPE THEY KNOCK MLB ON THEIR ASS in court…

originalpechanga on June 27, 2011 at 1:00 PM

All bubbles just need a little something to make them go pop. This is just the first pop of the professional sports bubble.

Which means it would be a great time for the leftists of Ramsey County (Minnesota) to institute an half percent Vikings sales tax!

MNHawk on June 27, 2011 at 1:00 PM

The ‘boys of summer’ will always be welcome in Los Angeles…

… Oh, wait!

Seven Percent Solution on June 27, 2011 at 1:04 PM

We don’t have to like the McCourts, most didn’t like Steinbrenner. But to BLOCK a VALID Television contract that would have SETTLED matters, that should be illegal.

The questionable part of the TV contract, IMHO, was that FOX would advance McCourt a set amount of money with the team’s TV rights as collateral.

Every year where McCourt didn’t pay back the loan was another year where FOX got to re-up the deal at the listed rate, which is far below market value.

That deal wasn’t going to fix the Dodgers as much as prolong the inevitable and, IMHO, screw over whoever ends up with the team after the McCourts.

teke184 on June 27, 2011 at 1:06 PM

But to BLOCK a VALID Television contract that would have SETTLED matters, that should be illegal.

Not sure about that. It may have settled matter in the short term, but could have hurt the team in the long run.

McCourt was hardly in a position to negotiate, and he may have been looking for a deal just good enough to get him out of debt somewhat, then he pops smoke and the new owner has to deal with the lousy contract.

Of course, we’ll never know the motives.

reaganaut on June 27, 2011 at 1:09 PM

Is there anything in California that is financially solvent???? (kidding)

search4truth on June 27, 2011 at 1:09 PM

This isn’t the first time in modern history a MLB team went into bankruptcy:

- 1969 – The Seattle Pilots went into bankruptcy to facilitate the sale of the team to Bud Selig and the move to Milwaukee to become the Brewers.

- 1993 – The Baltimore Orioles was forced into bankruptcy after Eli Jacobs failed to find any buyers for the franchise and his investments collapsed. Peter Angelos ultimately bought the team in a public auction held by the bankruptcy court.

- 2008 – The Chicago Cubs went into bankruptcy as part of the larger Tribune Company bankruptcy filing. The Rickett family eventually bought the franchise.

- 2010 – After receiving tens of millions of dollars in loans from MLB in 2009 to meet payroll, the Texas Rangers went into bankruptcy as negotiations to sell the club to a group including Nolan Ryan fell through. That group did eventually win the Rangers in a public auction held by the bankruptcy court.

Then there’s the case of the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals NotCoach brought up.

Steve Eggleston on June 27, 2011 at 1:13 PM

They have been Morally Bankrupt for decades!!

Political Chef on June 27, 2011 at 1:14 PM

Why do the Cholos leave the Dodgers’ games early?

To beat the crowd

Ray Flicker on June 27, 2011 at 1:16 PM

Is there anything in California that is financially solvent???? (kidding)

search4truth on June 27, 2011 at 1:09 PM

The Hells Angels

darwin-t on June 27, 2011 at 1:19 PM

Good.

I still haven’t forgiven them for beating my 1988 A’s.

thomashton on June 27, 2011 at 1:20 PM

This isn’t the first time in modern history a MLB team went into bankruptcy:

- 1969 – The Seattle Pilots went into bankruptcy to facilitate the sale of the team to Bud Selig and the move to Milwaukee to become the Brewers.

- 1993 – The Baltimore Orioles was forced into bankruptcy after Eli Jacobs failed to find any buyers for the franchise and his investments collapsed. Peter Angelos ultimately bought the team in a public auction held by the bankruptcy court.

- 2008 – The Chicago Cubs went into bankruptcy as part of the larger Tribune Company bankruptcy filing. The Rickett family eventually bought the franchise.

- 2010 – After receiving tens of millions of dollars in loans from MLB in 2009 to meet payroll, the Texas Rangers went into bankruptcy as negotiations to sell the club to a group including Nolan Ryan fell through. That group did eventually win the Rangers in a public auction held by the bankruptcy court.

Then there’s the case of the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals NotCoach brought up.

Steve Eggleston on June 27, 2011 at 1:13 PM

So this is basically a Selig/McCourt battle.

darwin-t on June 27, 2011 at 1:21 PM

This is all the players fault. Their greed, and that of the players union, makes the dollars and cents required to keep a team running astronomical. You the fans are paying for this all. The fans were better off in yesteryear when the players had to drive milk trucks in the off season to earn a living.

Really Right on June 27, 2011 at 1:21 PM

If you mean the ILLEGAL SQUATTERS in Chavez Ravine, I have no sympathy for THEM… “Lo siento mucho…”

The fact that McCourt owes Vin Scully $200,000 is enough reason to drag him through cactus…

Khun Joe on June 27, 2011 at 12:48 PM

No I don’t mean the “ILLEGAL SQUATTERS”, in Chavez Ravine, you should spend some time and read a little history.

In July 1950, all residents of Chavez Ravine received letters from the city telling them that they would have to sell their homes in order to make the land available for the proposed Elysian Park Heights.

Most received insubstantial or no compensation for their homes and property.

Using the power of eminent domain, which permitted the government to purchase property from private individuals in order to construct projects for the public good,

It was then taken over by the feds, than the city bought it back to build a “housing project”, then the O’Malley’s came to town…It’s a sordid story of public figures preying on the poor. Just because someone is poor, doesn’t mean they are second class citizens.
This had nothing to do with “illegals” it had to do with government using it’s power to overwhelm people that had no representation…it’s a story of abuse of power.

right2bright on June 27, 2011 at 1:22 PM

To beat the crowd

Ray Flicker on June 27, 2011 at 1:16 PM

Stone cold funny, RF.

Abby Adams on June 27, 2011 at 1:30 PM

I hope the whole league goes bankrupt. Nothing but a bunch of overpaid whiney prima donnas anymore.
Sporty1946 on June 27, 2011 at 12:38 PM

Oh, bullish*t. Name the whiney prima donnas. Name one. Football and basketball are full of these guys. If you’re gonna make that charge agaInst baseball players, then name names.

joejm65 on June 27, 2011 at 1:30 PM

Perhaps if they only played in Spanish things would get better.

BL@KBIRD on June 27, 2011 at 1:32 PM

I quit watching baseball after the strike that canceled the World Series. I have always loved the game and the Dodgers have always been my team. Sad for this great franchise to have been brought this low.

Southernblogger on June 27, 2011 at 1:36 PM

The best announcer in any sport IMHO was is Vin Scully. That man had has a gift for gab that I have never heard anybody come near. He was is pure genius.

MJBrutus on June 27, 2011 at 12:31 PM

Fixed. He is still doing their games, you know!

From a couple of weeks ago

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqH9ybKGrAU

Del Dolemonte on June 27, 2011 at 1:38 PM

I quit watching baseball after the strike that canceled the World Series. I have always loved the game and the Dodgers have always been my team. Sad for this great franchise to have been brought this low.

Southernblogger on June 27, 2011 at 1:36 PM

The Dodgers have been on life support for some time. The Lakers own the big piece of pro sports entertainment dollars out there now, and it isn’t all the fault of the McCourts. Bad management for a long time.

http://www.latimes.com/sports/basketball/nba/lakers/la-sp-0626-dodgers-lakers-la-20110626,0,2042776,full.column

a capella on June 27, 2011 at 1:46 PM

But to BLOCK a VALID Television contract that would have SETTLED matters, that should be illegal.

McCourt was hardly in a position to negotiate, and he may have been looking for a deal just good enough to get him out of debt somewhat, then he pops smoke and the new owner has to deal with the lousy contract.

Of course, we’ll never know the motives.

reaganaut on June 27, 2011 at 1:09 PM

The Commissioner of Baseball has the ability to block anything or any business move not in the best interest of the game. They have special anti-trust exemptions so technically Selig blocking the move and forcing a sale of the team is legal. The courts have already upheld the Commissioner blocking legal transactions by individual teams.

MLB leadership has reportedly said that the Dodgers need to be run as a top team, like the Yankees and Red Sox, which will make all of baseball more successful, and not like a second rate small market team as they have been run.

McCourt has destroyed the fan base of the team over the last few years. He was paying players with deferred contracts, going into more and more debt, leaving the future team with a huge financial burden and in ruins. It is important to note that the McCourts were big financial supporters of Obama. Hmmmmm.

McCourt and his wife were siphoning off 10s of millions, including paying himself over 10 million every year to rent Dodger Stadium, even though he owns it. The IRS is investigating their dealings now. Selig was concerned that McCourt would use half of the Fox money to pay his wife and the other half would go into his pockets, and not to improve the team.

Ed’s post is incorrect that MLB hasn’t yet assumed control of the team, and that is what everyone is waiting for. Selig only assigned a monitor, and was waiting for McCourt to default on his payments so he could take over the team.

redeye on June 27, 2011 at 1:46 PM

Two things the Dodgers and LA created that was good for sports, in fact no equal in sports.
Vin Scully, and the late Jim Murray, sports writer…beyond that they produced nothing professionally.
However, Coach Wooden is incomparable…but that is “amateur”…

right2bright on June 27, 2011 at 1:48 PM

The fans were better off in yesteryear when the players had to drive milk trucks in the off season to earn a living.

Really Right on June 27, 2011 at 1:21 PM

A lot of things were better in the days of yore.

Then along came TV networks and they made millions off of them.

Maybe they should allow only hand-cranked cameras operated by Pathe and show the highlights along with the latest goings on of Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford?

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 27, 2011 at 1:54 PM

a capella on June 27, 2011 at 1:46 PM

Interesting read. Thanks

Southernblogger on June 27, 2011 at 1:56 PM

But I gave up on baseball when they went on strike in the 90′s. Aside from the nostalgia it evokes, this news means nothing to me.

MJBrutus on June 27, 2011 at 12:31 PM

Baseball lost me then, too. I’ve been to exactly one game since then. I was glad to see my Rangers finally make it to the WS last year, but even that I didn’t follow closely.

Mark Cuban was actually interested in the Dodgers, but he wanted to take a long hard look at their financial condition before he’d consider buying. I don’t think they’d be a viable franchise unless they relocated.

Ward Cleaver on June 27, 2011 at 2:02 PM

I think this is just a prelude for the MLB to let that piece of trash Jeffrey Loria bankrupt the Marlins like he did the Expos, and then hand him the Dodgers.

JavelinaBomb on June 27, 2011 at 2:26 PM

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 27, 2011 at 1:54 PM

You don’t seem to understand that you are financing all of this.

Really Right on June 27, 2011 at 2:35 PM

City of Angels don’t need no stinkin’ Dodgers!

BHO Jonestown on June 27, 2011 at 2:38 PM

So this is basically a Selig/McCourt battle.

darwin-t on June 27, 2011 at 1:21 PM

Bingo.

Steve Eggleston on June 27, 2011 at 3:02 PM

But I gave up on baseball when they went on strike in the 90′s. Aside from the nostalgia it evokes, this news means nothing to me.

MJBrutus on June 27, 2011 at 12:31 PM

I saw games from the Cardinals in the ’50s through the A’s in the ’90s.

I gave up on baseball when they turned the whole thing into a rock concert with piped-in “music.” Bush, and I don’t mean the president, either.

warbaby on June 27, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Does this mean that Joe Torre will lose his job and come back to manage the Yankees?

Steve Z on June 27, 2011 at 3:08 PM

A microscopic view of the American way of life nowadays.

Kissmygrits on June 27, 2011 at 3:19 PM

Has Obama decided who he’s going to give the team to yet?

malclave on June 27, 2011 at 3:21 PM

When I was a kid Dodgers stadium was a family friendly place, now the stands are full of gangbangers. I went to the game Friday night and the security was a little better, but it took a fan getting beaten almost to death to make some changes. The McCourts just need to go. Now.

JohnInCA on June 27, 2011 at 12:47 PM

I was listening to a ESPN Radio this morning (Cowherd?) and someone was making this very point. The gang-bangers were making it difficult (if not impossible) for families to go, but nobody was openly talking about it. With the beating at the beginning of the season, the lid came off, and now people are publicly questioning the lack of security, and the obvious catering of the team to the less pleasant members of the hispanic community.

It’ll be interesting to see where this goes. This subject is quite un-PC. For it to be discussed on ESPN as openly as it was seems to be a good sign, in my opinion. Maybe the PC police are losing their grip.

nukemhill on June 27, 2011 at 3:21 PM

Anyone in LA whose first language is English care about this?

angryed on June 27, 2011 at 3:26 PM

Does this mean that Joe Torre will lose his job and come back to manage the Yankees?

Steve Z on June 27, 2011 at 3:08 PM

He isn’t with the Dodgers any longer. He now works for MLB front offices.

darwin-t on June 27, 2011 at 3:27 PM

Oh. And f*ck the Yankees and the Dodgers! I’m a long-time Padres fan, and lived in San Diego in the 70s. We would go to Padres games all the time, but learned to stay away when the Dodgers came to town. Their fans would always come down from L.A., get totally plowed, and start fights in the stands with Padres fans. It was quite violent, sometimes, and my father had to haul my sister and me out of the middle of a scrum that started around us once.

Buncha bums.

nukemhill on June 27, 2011 at 3:27 PM

Del Dolemonte on June 27, 2011 at 1:38 PM

WOW! I had no idea he was still going. The man is incredible!

Your baby is adorable, BTW.

MJBrutus on June 27, 2011 at 3:36 PM

WOW! I had no idea he was still going. The man is incredible!

Your baby is adorable, BTW.

MJBrutus on June 27, 2011 at 3:36 PM

He does the first 2 innings and then Charlie Steiner takes over with Rick Monday.

darwin-t on June 27, 2011 at 3:41 PM

The best announcer in any sport IMHO was is Vin Scully.
MJBrutus on June 27, 2011 at 12:31 PM

FIFY

The gentleman is still working and still the best.

tommylotto on June 27, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Now that I think about it…isn’t the name “Dodgers” sort of synonomous with “Illegal Alien” ?

They can’t go back to Brooklyn now….LA and their baseball team have become one…

moc23 on June 27, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Won’t crime increase if there’s no baseball in LA?

slickwillie2001 on June 27, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Let them move to Mexico. That’s where their fans parking lot thugs are anyway.

infidel4life on June 27, 2011 at 4:54 PM

The Brewers have a three game lead in the NL Central, that’s all that really matters. Well that and the fact we just swept the Twins.

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Nelsen on June 27, 2011 at 5:15 PM

Apparently, ownership of the Dodgers is a big point of contention in Frank and Jamie McCourt’s divorce. Frank gets to keep the bats and gloves, but Jamie wants his balls.

JerseyJeff on June 27, 2011 at 5:23 PM

If you ever step foot on Staten Island, let me know, because the beer will flow for free to any man jack who hates on the team from Queens.

TC@LeatherPenguin on June 27, 2011 at 12:43 PM

I’m actually a Mets fan. That was directed at ownership.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on June 27, 2011 at 5:46 PM

was listening to a ESPN Radio this morning (Cowherd?) and someone was making this very point. The gang-bangers were making it difficult (if not impossible) for families to go, but nobody was openly talking about it. With the beating at the beginning of the season, the lid came off, and now people are publicly questioning the lack of security, and the obvious catering of the team to the less pleasant members of the hispanic community.

nukemhill on June 27, 2011 at 3:21 PM

This was a topic that has been openly talked about on the official Dodger message board and blogs for years. This situation with the gang bangers has been getting worse and worse. Political correctness does get in the way of it being addressed. When the Raiders left, the bad elements started coming to Dodger Stadium. At an Opening Day a few years ago, I saw the guy next to me rip the seat backing off of his chair and start banging it against the ground during the Dodgers rally.

The only surprise was that something this bad didn’t happen sooner. When McCourt got rid of his head of security and had no replacement, it was only a matter of time for a tragedy to happen.

I’m a long-time Padres fan, and lived in San Diego in the 70s. We would go to Padres games all the time, but learned to stay away when the Dodgers came to town. Their fans would always come down from L.A., get totally plowed, and start fights in the stands with Padres fans. It was quite violent, sometimes, and my father had to haul my sister and me out of the middle of a scrum that started around us once.

As a Dodger fan I sadly agree with you. I’ve seen the Dodgers play in different cities and it has usually been the Dodger fans who are the worst. It needed to be addressed years ago and now its going to be much more difficult to reverse that trend.

redeye on June 27, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Serves ‘em right for screwing Brooklyn! Better late than never.

bgoldman on June 27, 2011 at 7:16 PM

As a lifelong Giants fan, I’d have to say that it couldn’t happen to a more deserving bunch of Blue Meanies.

trigon on June 27, 2011 at 11:02 PM