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Frank McCourt to sue Major League Baseball

Major League Baseball has taken over control of the Dodgers and will do a thorough investigation of their finances.

April 21, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Dodgers are playing the Braves at Dodger Stadium Thursday, one day after Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig seized control of the storied franchise.

There's word that owner Frank McCourt has plans to sue the MLB, according to a baseball executive who talked to the Associated Press.

Commissioner Selig expressed his concern over the Dodgers' finances Wednesday, and said that he would appoint a representative to oversee the day-to-day operations of the team. Selig said it is in the best interested of the club and its legion of loyal fans.

According to Forbes magazine, the Dodgers are in debt to the tune of $459 million, and most of the team's profits are used to pay the interest on that debt.

McCourt and his ex-wife Jaime have had a prolonged battle for full ownership of the Dodgers. He reportedly has faced financial trouble as a result of his divorce.

McCourt reportedly sought a $30 million loan for the Dodgers recently from the team's television broadcasting partner in order to make the organization's payroll, according to the L.A. Times.

McCourt issued a statement Wednesday: "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 action."

Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said the players just have to get out on the field and stay focused on the game.

"You basically have to get in between the lines and be ready to play and be focused," said Mattingly. "You get paid to play. People are coming to see you play. And fans don't really want to hear anything, any kind of excuses. They want to see us play well. They want to see us win. And that's what we are really here for- getting a win every day."

Some fans said that they don't dislike McCourt, but they see room for improvement.

"No ill feeling necessarily toward him," said Dodger fan Randy Brooks. "Just want the best for the team, and hope that he would do what is necessary for the fans, for the team, to preserve what we've always had here."

"Just as for the Dodger's long term, me being a former employee, it was good before Frank McCourt was in," said Dodger fan Eric Ramirez. "I hope it's going to get better after he leaves."

Selig said there will be a thorough investigation of the Dodgers finances going back to 2004 when the McCourt's took ownership of the team.

Selig also said in the days ahead he will announce who the representative will be that will oversee the daily operations of the Dodgers.