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Volume 24 No. 133
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Bud Selig: "No Predetermined Outcome" To Dodgers Inquiries

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, speaking this afternoon at the conclusion of quarterly owners' meetings in N.Y., said there is "no predetermined outcome" to the ongoing monitoring and investigation into the Dodgers' operations. Club Owner Frank McCourt on several occasions in the past three weeks has accused Selig of running a sham process designed to force him out, something the commissioner vehemently denied. "The outcome is not predetermined," Selig said. "We wouldn't have to go through all of this if it was all predetermined. People can say whatever they want, but it's not predetermined. … We're doing this thoughtfully, carefully, and with a lot of planning."

Former Rangers President and U.S. Ambassador Tom Schieffer continues to monitor the club, while MLB outside legal counsel Proskauer Rose is leading the investigation into the club's finances. Those efforts continue without a set timetable. McCourt, meeting face-to-face yesterday with Selig, sought again to convey the significant time urgency of his financial issues. But Selig said to reporters today only that he is proceeding "expeditiously." "Nobody is using the Dean Smith four-corner offense. We're trying to move as fast as possible."

Meanwhile, current Rangers President Nolan Ryan, as expected, was formally approved as the new designated control exec for the club, replacing the departed Chuck Greenberg. Selig, in the midst of praising the team's recent growth under Ryan, joked there was "intense debate on the vote for maybe 12 seconds."

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