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McCourt lawyer: Bud Selig didn't act in good faith in rejecting TV deal

Frank McCourt talks to the media in this undated photo.

June 21, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A legal battle is shaping up between Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and Major League Baseball. This comes after officials rejected his proposed TV deal with Fox, leaving his divorce settlement in limbo.

On Tuesday, an attorney for McCourt said Commissioner Bud Selig did not act in good faith in rejecting the new TV deal. Perhaps it's a sign that the battle for ownership of the Dodgers will get even messier before it's resolved.

After striking out on the deal on Monday, McCourt's troubled financial situation became a whole lot worse. The embattled Dodgers owner has nine days to come up with an estimated $30 million to make the next payroll or Selig can exercise his powers and put the Dodgers up for sale. Many experts believe McCourt already sees that the end is near.

"I think Mr. McCourt is probably looking at the possibility of losing the Dodgers and in that process he's hoping to get as high of a price as possible in return for losing the team," said sports economic expert Lee O'Hanian,

Complicating any potential sale of the Dodgers is that Frank and Jamie McCourt divided the team up into more than 20 separate entities. The parking lots, ticket revenue and the stadium itself are each their own business.

"It's been reported that 26 separate entities that comprise the Dodgers are financially interconnected. It's incredibly complex. Tom Schieffer, who is running the Dodgers right now, has said it's a daunting task to try and figure out how the whole thing hangs together," said O'Hanian.

As it's laid out, if Selig were to step in and sell the Dodgers, a new owner might have to deal with Frank McCourt still owning the stadium, parking lots and ticket revenues. But on 710 ESPN Radio, former Cincinnati Reds General Manager Jim Bowden said on Monday that Major League Baseball will play hard ball.

"Major League Baseball will seize the entire operation and that includes the shell corporation and that includes everything under it. That includes the parking lots, anything connected with the Dodgers," said Bowden.

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