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Dodgers Seek ‘Irrelevant and Confidential’ Data, MLB Says

October 05, 2011

(Updates with excerpt from filing in second paragraph.)

Oct. 5 (Bloomberg) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers shouldn’t see the confidential television contracts of the other 29 Major League Baseball clubs, baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said in court papers.

The team is asking for “irrelevant and confidential information about the other MLB clubs and different decisions by the commissioner,” Selig said in papers filed yesterday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Delaware. The request “is baseless,” he said.

The two sides will be in court in Wilmington today for a fight over so-called discovery, the formal process during which litigants exchange information before a contested hearing.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Gross ruled last week 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. The Dodgers have asked Gross to reconsider how much information they can get from MLB.

Gross must 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 the rights to televise future games.

The Dodgers filed for bankruptcy in June after Selig refused to approve a new television contract that McCourt negotiated with the current broadcaster, News Corp.’s Fox Sports. The team seeks to compare Selig’s treatment of other clubs’ TV contracts with his rejection of the Fox deal.

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

--Editors: Stephen Farr, Andrew Dunn

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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