The Los Angeles Dodgers organization has been in near turmoil since Frank and Jamie McCourt announced their divorce in 2009. The divorce proceedings have dramatically affected the Dodgers causing virtual chaos in the organization.
Some of the key events include:
October 14, 2009 - McCourts announce separation after 30 years of marriage
October 22, 2009 - Jamie McCourt fired as CEO of the Dodgers
December 7, 2010 - After months of deliberation, Judge invalidates a post-nuptial agreement claiming ownership by Frank McCourt
April 5, 2011 - McCourt presents Bud Selig, baseball commissioner, with a FOX broadcasting contract for the next 17 years worth $3 Billion, demonstrating financial solvency of the team
April 20, 2011 - Bud Selig, MLB commissioner, announces an appointed representative, will take over day-to-day operations of the Dodgers - former Texas Rangers President Tom Shieffer
May 2011 - Baseball officials claim that Frank McCourt is unable to make the May 31 payroll, launch financial investigation into Dodger finances
Today, Jamie McCourt made a request to Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon to force the sale of the team in order gain maximum value for both parties in the divorce.
As I've said all along, my goal is to resolve this situation for my family in a way that also advances the best interests of the Dodgers fans, players and franchise, Jamie McCourt said in a statement. This motion will hopefully provide some momentum in the right direction.
An attorney for Frank McCourt indicated that McCourt had no intention of selling the team.
MLB made no comment on the developments, but plans on moving forward with the financial investigation and take-over of team operations.
Amidst the chaos that is Frank McCourt, Dodgers organization, its players, MLB, and FOX, Jamie McCourt's simple request to sell the team might be the most beneficial for all parties including the Dodger fans.