Dodgers bankruptcy: Frank McCourt won't be deposed, for now
Dodgers owner Frank McCourt will not sit for a deposition in the team's bankruptcy case at this time, meaning neither he nor Commissioner Bud Selig will have provided sworn testimony when the bankruptcy court holds a crucial hearing on July 20.
At issue in the hearing is whether the Dodgers should be financed for the rest of the season by a loan arranged by McCourt or a loan offered by Major League Baseball. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Gross on Thursday told attorneys for McCourt they could not depose Selig at this time, since the commissioner is not a particular expert on the MLB financing proposal.
The MLB attorneys had scheduled a deposition for McCourt on July 13. However, in a court filing Friday, an attorney for MLB wrote that the Dodgers "do not intend to make Mr. McCourt available for a deposition."
The league does not plan to pursue the matter at this time, according to a person familiar with the case but not authorized to discuss it publicly. The Dodgers have agreed to provide a witness intricately knowledgeable about the terms of the financing arranged by McCourt, just as MLB has agreed to produce a witness similarly knowledgeable about the loan proposed by the league.
Both Selig and McCourt could be subject to deposition later in the case.
-- Bill Shaikin
Photo: Dodgers owner Frank McCourt strolls past the team's dugout before a game. Credit: Danny Moloshok / Associated Press