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SBD/May 11, 2011/Franchises
McCourt May Try To Rally Support This Week At MLB Owners' Meetings
Published May 11, 2011
CAUGHT IN A RUNDOWN: Robert Sacks, an attorney for McCourt, sent a letter to MLB attorney Brad Ruskin yesterday claiming that MLB rescinded the appointment of former Pirates and Padres exec Dick Freeman to the Dodgers oversight team because Freeman "advised Jamie McCourt last year, during her divorce" from Frank. In the letter, Sacks said that Freeman "met with Dodgers personnel on Monday," and those staff members "had been told Freeman already had reviewed confidential Dodgers financial information." But MLB "denied that Freeman had access to any of the Dodgers' confidential financial information" (L.A. TIMES, 5/11). Sacks in his letter argued Freeman's appointment was more evidence that MLB's takeover of the Dodgers was "without appropriate diligence, independence or care." MLB officials yesterday said that they "were unaware of the conflict until Freeman broached the subject during a private meeting Monday" with Dodgers monitor Tom Schieffer (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 5/10).
NAME BRAND, DISCOUNT PRICES: The Dodgers are "offering field-level seats for $30 for their game" next Monday against the Brewers, a "markdown of as much as 75% for some tickets." Because the promotion is celebrating Dodgers RF Andre Ethier's recent 30-game hitting streak, Ethier merchandise "will be discounted 30% in the stadium on the day of the game." Through 18 home games, the Dodgers are averaging 36,672 fans per game at Dodger Stadium, down 16.5% from the same point last season (L.A. TIMES, 5/11).