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Jamie McCourt expected to ask judge to order immediate sale of Dodgers (Updated)

May 18, 2011 |  5:52 pm

Photo: Jamie McCourt. Photo: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times Jamie McCourt is expected to ask a judge to order the immediate sale of the Dodgers, two people familiar with the legal proceedings said Wednesday.

The request, if granted, could pave the way for new ownership of the Dodgers by the start of next season and could spare Commissioner Bud Selig from deciding whether to seize the club from owner Frank McCourt and risk a legal challenge to the powers of the commissioner's office.

Jamie McCourt is expected to argue that the actions of Frank McCourt—her ex-husband--have endangered the value of the Dodgers and that the judge overseeing the couple's divorce should put the club up for sale so both parties could reap the maximum value for the primary asset of their marriage, according to the people familiar with the proceedings.

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-- Bill Shaikin

Photo: Jamie McCourt. Photo: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times