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McCourt: "Hard to understand the commissioner's action"

April 20, 2011 |  9:20 pm

Photo: Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig (L) and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt are shown in this combination of file photos April 20, 2011. In an unusual move, Selig announced on Wednesday that Major League Baseball plans to take control of the day-to-day operations of the Dodgers because of mounting concern over the franchise's financial plight. Credit:  Reuters

Dodgers owner Frank McCourt challenged Commissioner Bud Selig's decision to take over financial control of the club on Wednesday. McCourt issued a statement at 9:15 p.m., a little more than seven hours after Selig's announcement, in which he made no promises of future action but indicated he did not intend to surrender ownership without a fight.

The statement in full:

"Major League Baseball sets strict financial guidelines which all 30 teams must follow. The Dodgers are in compliance with these guidelines. On this basis, it is hard to understand the commissioner's decision today."

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Photo: Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig (L) and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt are shown in this combination of file photos April 20, 2011. In an unusual move, Selig announced on Wednesday that Major League Baseball plans to take control of the day-to-day operations of the Dodgers because of mounting concern over the franchise's financial plight. Credit:  Reuters

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