Tempers Flare at Los Angeles Dodgers' Bankruptcy Proceedings
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Tempers Flare at Los Angeles Dodgers' Bankruptcy Proceedings

October 17, 2011

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Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt is having a banner year for contentious courtroom proceedings.

According to a post in the Los Angeles Times, attorneys for Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, whose divorce earlier this year reportedly prompted the bankruptcy filing , and representatives for Major League Baseball are currently fighting over the team's television rights.

In their bankruptcy filing, McCourt and the Dodgers asked the bankruptcy judge for permission to sell the team’s television rights in order to help pay off debts owed to multiple creditors.

In response to this request, attorneys for Major League Baseball argued that such a sale would violate the league's media rules. The league has also threatened to file a "massive" lawsuit if the Dodgers sell their television rights to a non-league entity.

This broad dispute over television rights reportedly led to a heated exchange in the courtroom, as the team’s representatives argued that they should not be forced to show their template for a television contract to league officials.

Predictably, the league objected, and demanded to see any potential television contracts the Dodgers are negotiating with possible buyers.

The bankruptcy judge ruled in favor of the Dodgers, but his ruling on this relatively minor issue will not prevent future courtroom spats from taking place.

Observers are already looking forward to the testimony of Bud Selig, the commissioner of Major League Baseball, which will begin in late October and likely won't be pretty. McCourt is also scheduled to give testimony soon.


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