Dodgers' McCourt to meet with MLB execs
Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and a delegation of club executives are expected to meet with representatives of the baseball commissioner's office in New York on Wednesday in the wake of Commissioner Bud Selig's decision to appoint a monitor to run the team. The result of the meeting could determine whether McCourt proceeds with legal action against Selig.
Selig is not expected to attend the meeting. Selig has refused to meet with McCourt, in part out of concern that any of his remarks might be used against him in a potential lawsuit.
"I am traveling to New York to meet with executives at Major League Baseball tomorrow to discuss a number of matters," McCourt said in a statement, "including practical concerns regarding the monitor and the details of the Fox [television] agreement.
"The agreement reached by the Dodgers and Fox for a new media rights deal provides financial stability for the ballclub for years to come. The media rights package is fully negotiated, and it is one of the most favorable ever reached by a baseball team."
MLB spokesman Pat Courtney declined to comment.
Selig last week announced he would appoint a monitor "to oversee all aspects of the business and day-to-day operations of the club." Tom Schieffer, the former Texas Rangers president selected as the trustee on Monday, has been granted approval rights for any club expenditure over $5,000.
McCourt wants to know exactly what Schieffer has been asked to do, and how Selig envisions the Dodgers will be run during Schieffer's tenure. In addition to discussing how the Fox deal -- a deal that has been sitting on Selig's desk for close to a month -- would stabilize the Dodgers financially, McCourt would like Selig to consider the plans of new Vice Chairman Steve Soboroff in improving the fan experience at Dodger Stadium and in revitalizing the team's bonds within the community.
-- Bill Shaikin
Photo: Frank McCourt. Credit: Lucy Nicholson / Reuters