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SBD/April 18, 2011/Franchises
Frank McCourt Took $30M Loan From Fox To Meet Dodgers' Payroll Obligations Last Week
Published April 18, 2011
SECURITY CHECK: The L.A. TIMES' Shaikin reported Selig last week "dispatched a task force to Dodger Stadium to review security procedures there ... with the Dodgers playing their first homestand since the attack" on a Giants fan on Opening Day. MLB Exec VP/Administration John McHale was the "leader of a six-man delegation" that was scheduled to remain on site "through the weekend and report back to Selig." The delegation included MLB experts "in security and stadium operations." McHale said that he met Thursday with former L.A. Police Chief William Bratton and McCourt and "spoke several times with Selig." McHale said that Selig is "not interested in usurping the role of Bratton or the LAPD." McHale added that he and other MLB officials "had met with Selig 'on a daily basis' since the attack." McHale also said that it is "important that the Dodgers promptly hire a full-time head of security, a position that has been vacant for four months" (L.A. TIMES, 4/16). In N.Y., Gerard Wright noted the "slowly advancing tide of Dodger Blue" outside Dodger Stadium before Thursday's Cardinals-Dodgers game was "laced with currents of a darker shade, officers from the Los Angeles Police Department, ubiquitous on foot, horseback, mountain bicycles and motorcycle, with at least as many inside." This was L.A. Police Chief Charlie Beck's "promised 'sea of blue' response to the assault and crowd aggravation, paid for by the Dodgers and possibly overkill for a stadium with an announced attendance of 34,288" (N.Y. TIMES, 4/16).