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Dodgers bankruptcy filing: L.A. council members weigh in

June 27, 2011 | 12:15 pm

Nicehahn In the wake of the Dodgers filing for bankruptcy protection Monday, L.A. City Councilwoman Janice Hahn again called for fan ownership of the storied baseball franchise.

"We need to return our beloved team to first place in the standings, in the hearts of the community and on the balance sheet," Hahn said. "If this bankruptcy leads to the sale of the team, my hope continues to be that the fans will be allowed to make an offer to purchase the team."

Councilman Tom LaBonge said he was not sure fan ownership was feasible, given the complexity of Major League Baseball.

He described the exclusive world of baseball owners as "a country club," and he said the MLB is out of touch with the local communities in which its teams play.

"They’re not coming to City Council and asking for our advice," he said of the baseball league.

Labongemount LaBonge said the bankruptcy filing means the question of Dodgers ownership "is going to be a prolonged struggle."

"It’s very sad," he said. "A baseball game is no fun to watch when the action's not on the field. I’m very sad for the McCourt family -- I don’t like the fact that they have all this turmoil."

LaBonge would not say who he hopes will emerge as owners.

"I want the ownership to be successful, so all we care about is what the Dodgers did last night and what they’re doing today," he said.

"People don’t want to know the business," he added. "They just want to watch the game."


Read the Dodgers' bankruptcy filing

'McCourt is a carpetbagger,' fan says

Frank McCourt takes Dodgers into bankruptcy court

-- Kate Linthicum at L.A. City Hall

Photos: (top) L.A. City Councilwoman Janice Hahn. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

(bottom) L.A. City Councilman Tom LaBonge. Credit: Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times