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Dodgers Reach Settlement With Merchandiser, Will Bring Operations In-House
Published November 18, 2011
ON THE DOCKET: In L.A., Bill Shaikin reports Fox Sports "expanded its legal combatants beyond the Dodgers late Thursday, adding team owner Frank McCourt and the umbrella company for most of his business ventures as defendants in a lawsuit alleging breach of contract." Fox also asked the U.S. Bankruptcy Court "for a restraining order to prevent the Dodgers from marketing their television rights and said the team had no need to remain under bankruptcy protection now that McCourt has agreed to sell." The amended suit "names McCourt personally and the McCourt-Broderick Limited Partnership as defendants" (L.A. TIMES, 11/18).
STAYING IN TOWN: McCourt Thursday said that he "has no intention of leaving town after a new owner takes over the Dodgers." McCourt: "I love Los Angeles and plan to stay in L.A. I don't know what my plans are, quite frankly, because I haven't had time to think about that." In L.A., Mike DiGiovanna notes McCourt was in Milwaukee Thursday for owners meetings, though some "thought the right thing for McCourt to do this week was skip these meetings." But McCourt said that he "was not discouraged from attending, and he did speak to" MLB Commissioner Bud Selig Thursday. McCourt: "It was a very brief hello, but nothing of substance" (L.A. TIMES, 11/18).