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SBD/July 28, 2011/People and Pop Culture
Vanity Fair Goes Inside The Split Of Frank And Jamie McCourt
Published July 28, 2011
ROLE OF STEINBERG: In the team’s offices, Jamie’s main ally was CHARLES STEINBERG, who was “close" to MLB Commissioner BUD SELIG. Steinberg told Jamie “she should get involved in politics,” and in a memo titled “Project Jamie: Tikun Olam Plan,” he told her that she should establish some goals, including “fix the world,” “fix America,” and “be President.” He suggested that she found a “Dodgers University” to advance those goals.
WHERE THEY ARE NOW: Grigoriadis writes that Jamie “has tried to rehabilitate her image,” and has “put on exclusive wine dinners for 12 friends several times a month.” Meanwhile, Frank has “continued to slip in everyone’s estimation.” While Jamie has received calls “from investors interested in partnering with her to buy the team” from Frank, “she knew that the fans didn’t want her as the face of the Dodgers anymore,” but she could be a silent partner. However, sources said that “time and again ... investors disappeared because Frank wouldn’t produce any financial information about the team.” Frank reportedly "refused even to tell Jamie exactly how much he thought the Dodgers were worth.” Her lawyer DAVID BOIES: “We were saying that the Dodgers were worth more than a billion dollars, and Frank once took the position that they were only worth a few hundred million dollars, and after the debt was subtracted, they might only be worth $1 or $2 million” (VANITY FAIR, 8/ '11 issue).