In the 18 months since Frank and Jamie McCourt filed for divorce, beginning the legal proceedings that exposed the couple’s extravagant lifestyle and the financial stress that subsequently plagued the Dodgers, Commissioner Bud Selig had remained silent.
In a two-paragraph email distributed by his office Wednesday, Selig not only ended his silence, but also took a decisive first step toward ending McCourt ownership of the Dodgers.
Yet the finale of McCourt era is neither imminent nor guaranteed, despite Selig’s announcement that he would appoint a trustee to run the club because of his “deep concerns regarding the finances and operations of the Dodgers.”
In fact, in a statement late Wednesday, McCourt challenged Selig’s decision and signaled he would not surrender ownership without a fight.
“Major League Baseball sets strict financial guidelines which all 30 teams must follow,” McCourt’s statement read. “The Dodgers are in compliance. … On this basis, it is hard to understand the commissioner’s decision.”