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Jamie McCourt, MLB Oppose Dodgers’ Proposed TV Rights Sale

September 30, 2011

(Updates with Jamie McCourt objection in first paragraph.)

Sept. 30 (Bloomberg) -- Jamie McCourt, former wife of Los Angeles Dodgers’ owner Frank McCourt, and Major League Baseball object to the proposal to hold an auction for the bankrupt team’s television rights.

Jamie McCourt and MLB said in separate court papers that they will provide more details about why they oppose a sale after the judge overseeing the team’s bankruptcy sets a schedule for deciding the matter.

MLB referred to its previous proposal to strip Frank McCourt of the exclusive right to reorganize the team. The three-paragraph filing by MLB and Jamie McCourt’s one-paragraph “preliminary objection” were made in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Delaware, where the team sought court protection from creditors in June.

Jamie McCourt is battling Frank McCourt in divorce court in Los Angeles for shared ownership of the team.

Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig has asked U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Gross to let his office file a reorganization plan that would result in a sale of the team. For several months, Frank McCourt and Selig have traded allegations about each other’s motives in court and in press releases.

Selig has accused McCourt of putting his interest ahead of the club’s and of violating MLB rules designed to benefit all teams. McCourt claims Selig is treating him more harshly than other owners.

Gross will have to decide between forcing a sale of the team or allowing McCourt to keep the Dodgers and raise money to get out of bankruptcy by auctioning the right to televise future games.

Gross scheduled an Oct. 31 hearing to decide the question of whether to sell the team or the television rights.

The case is In re Los Angeles Dodgers LLC, 11-12010, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Delaware (Wilmington).

--Editors: John Pickering, Stephen Farr

To contact the reporter on this story: Steven Church in Wilmington, Delaware, at schurch3@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: John Pickering at jpickering@bloomberg.net.


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