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Dodgers vendor won't get quick contract decision

Dodger Stadium is seen in this undated file photo.

August 16, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A bankruptcy judge in Delaware has denied a request from a vendor at Dodger Stadium to force the team to decide immediately about its contract with the company.

Facility Merchandising Inc. wants to know if the Los Angeles Dodgers will keep their exclusive contract with the vendor through 2017, before it makes any more royalty payments and buys inventory for next season.

FMI CEO Martin Arenson said his company has suffered financially from a steep drop in attendance at Dodger games, which he suggested was attributed in part to attention about team owner Frank McCourt's contentious divorce.

The Dodgers argue that FMI has refused to comply with the terms of the contract, and it would be unfair to force the team to decide whether to keep or reject the contract before its reorganization plan is in place.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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