Earthquake faults are not the only things splitting in Los Angeles. Web rumblings of Los Angeles Dodgers owners, Frank and Jamie McCourts divorce have been circulating around for weeks.
And what a dirty divorce it has become.
The local media has been relentless during this unfortunate demise of matrimony and battle of ownership rights. Today, what began as office and bedroom squabbles has become the tabloids wet dream in LA. Details of the McCourts nasty struggles have become more than the pedigree of baseball blogs and Twitter feeds. Now such things are splashed on the headlines of the Los Angeles Times and seen on local primetime news.
Bill Shaikin, of the Los Angeles Times, reported Los Angeles County Superior Court Commissioner Scott Gordon is so fed up with the two arguing over property taxes and attorney fees, he’s threatened to put the Dodgers up for sale.
The constant bickering over the team is putting the court in a strange position. Gordon said “The parties are unintentionally pushing the court toward an interesting position — selling the asset which is being fought over.”
Forbes magazine valued the Dodgers at $727 million. So if the owners cannot come together and compromise, the Dodgers could be under new ownership as soon as someone can put together over half a billion dollars.
ESPN ran a very unforgiving, lengthy, character piece by Molly Knight, airing the McCourts dirty laundry and setting Dodger Stadium as the battlefield of destruction.
Pinnacle moments of the article include this quote:
“They hated each other from the moment they set foot in Los Angeles,” says a former high-ranking Dodgers official. “There was a saying in the front office that the three worst days of our jobs would be when Vin Scully died, when Tommy Lasorda died and when the McCourts decided to split. There was never any question it was gonna go lethal.”
Meanwhile the Dodgers fans are now stuck it the middle and who suffers the most in divorces? The children, of course.
Who has suffered more than a long-suffering Dodgers fan? The club hasn’t gone to the World Series since 1988 and it’s not due to lack of talent.
ESPN reported, a former high-ranking club official speaking on condition of anonymity said “It was Frank’s plan all along to run a team with a payroll of about $80 million, his thinking since he bought the team was: “This isn’t the AL East. Why would I spend $150 million to win 98 games when I can spend half that to win 90, if that’s all it takes to make the playoffs in our division?”
So there you have it, the possible reason the Dodgers have not been to the World Series at least since 2004. The owners have been trying to run on a tight $80 million budget by structuring deals creatively, offering fewer years and deferring player payments, while the media reported the McCourts were living it up as details of their expenses trickled out.
The media showed no mercy exploiting Frank McCourts negligence in owning the Dodgers. It was reported that the Dodgers have been treated like a stepchild because the team was the McCourts third choice after the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
So with the details of their divorce being splashed all over headlines in LA, a lot of questions of the Dodgers direction in the past have been answered. Unfortunately many new questions have arose as Dodgers fans are forced to watch mommy and daddy fight over custody, while their team’s future is up in the air as it struggles to make it back to the playoffs.
TMZ caught up with Jaime McCourt while she was being locked out of Dodgers Stadium, while trying to retrieve her belongings. Watch: