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Bud Selig statement on Dodgers bankruptcy

June 27, 2011 |  1:43 pm

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Following is the statement from Bud Selig, Major League Baseball commissioner, on the bankruptcy filing by the Dodgers.

The Commissioner’s Office has spent the better part of one year working with Mr. McCourt and his representatives on the financial situation of the Los Angeles Dodgers, which was caused by Mr. McCourt’s excessive debt and his diversion of club assets for his own personal needs. We have consistently communicated to Mr. McCourt that any potential solution to his problems that contemplates mortgaging the future of the Dodgers franchise to the long-term detriment of the club, its loyal fans and the game of Baseball would not be acceptable.

My goal from the outset has been to ensure that the Dodgers are being operated properly now and will be guided appropriately in the future for their millions of fans. To date, the ideas and proposals that I have been asked to consider have not been consistent with the best interests of Baseball. The action taken today by Mr. McCourt does nothing but inflict further harm to this historic franchise.

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-- Bill Shaikin

Photo: Bud Selig. Credit: Brendan McDermid / Reuters

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