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Frank McCourt makes his pitch to Bud Selig

April 5, 2011 |  6:42 pm

Frank McCourt's lieutenants met with executives from the commissioner's office on Tuesday, presenting McCourt's plan for preserving his ownership of the Dodgers.

Neither McCourt nor Commissioner Bud Selig attended the meeting. No decisions were made; the baseball officials there promised to forward all the details to Selig.

The framework of the plan, as outlined in this Times story, involves a television deal with Fox that would enable McCourt to settle his divorce, manage the Dodgers' steep debt and improve the team.

Selig has to approve any television deal, and without this one McCourt might be unable to afford to settle his divorce without selling the team. Selig wants McCourt out, but the commissioner risks a lawsuit from McCourt should he reject what would be a fair-market television deal comparable to those of other clubs.

Neither MLB nor the spokesman for McCourt, Steve Sugerman, would comment on the meeting, which was first reported by

-- Bill Shaikin