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Dodgers Seek More Access to Major League Baseball Records

October 03, 2011

(Updates with court document in fourth paragraph.)

Oct. 3 (Bloomberg) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers, preparing for a court fight with Major League Baseball, asked a judge for greater access to records of Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig’s treatment of other teams.

Last week, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Gross ruled that the Dodgers cannot seek information from, or about, other MLB clubs to prepare for a showdown between team owner Frank McCourt and Selig scheduled for the week of Oct. 31.

At the hearing, Gross will decide whether to force McCourt to sell the team, as Selig has demanded, or let McCourt keep the team and raise the money he needs to get the Dodgers out of bankruptcy by auctioning off the right to televise future games.

“There is no legitimate basis for the commissioner to treat LAD differently than other Baseball clubs in reviewing proposed transactions,” the team said in its motion, filed today in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Delaware.

The team filed bankruptcy in June after Selig refused to approve a new television contract that McCourt had negotiated with the current broadcaster, News Corp.’s Fox Sports.

Early in the team’s bankruptcy, lawyers for MLB opposed giving the Dodgers information about Selig’s oversight of other clubs.

The Dodgers’ seek to compare Selig’s treatment of television contracts with other teams to his rejection of McCourt’s proposed deal with Fox.

Gross said he expects Selig and McCourt to testify at the hearing about the future of the team.

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

--Editors: Andrew Dunn, John Pickering

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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