Bailouts seem to be the big word the last few years. It started with our largest banks, the auto industry, and now, Major League Baseball teams. Except this time the government has nothing to do with it.
Bud Selig, commissioner of MLB has taken control of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He's currently looking to appoint someone to oversee the day-to-day operations from the McCourts.
The divorce of Frank & Jaimie McCourt has been well publicized. It's a well-known messy divorce. I wouldn't bee surprised if TMZ reported on it. After all, this is L.A. we're talking about.
On the east coast you have another MLB team in trouble. Right next door to where the Dodgers came from, the boys from Queens, the New York Mets.
The Mets are in tough financial trouble because of that asshole Bernie Madoff. The Mets are hurting a lot worse than the Dodgers, but I think that's why Selig made the move.
Obviously, not everything is going to be reported. Selig knows more than what's actually going on. True, Dodgers aren't as bad as the Mets, but I think that's why he's made such a drastic move.
He doesn't want the Dodgers to get into the gaping hole the Mets are in. Furthermore, Frank McCourt has made some very terrible moves.
For about the last two years the Dodger payroll has gotten lower. Not an insane move, but peculiar non the less.
Also, money has been taken from the organization, to go towards the divorce battle. Very bad move.
An utter disaster was what happened to Bryan Stow. It was known that security was cut down at Dodger Stadium. Now, a man is sitting in a hospital, after being brutally beaten in Dodger Stadium parking lot.
What was probably the last straw for Selig; the fact Frank McCourt asked for a $30-Million loan from Fox, to make payroll.
Oh yeah, attendance is down 11%.
So a lot of bad drama is going down in L.A., and non of it is spewing over from Hollywood.
I'm not sure how Dodger fans are taking this. In fact, I'd love to know what Dodger fans think of it. I'm sure it's a hot topic at all the bars and sports radio.
I hope it gets settled fast, and that Selig releases control right away. Even though it may be the best interest of the team, a la tough love, it doesn't look good in general for the sport. It's the first time something like this has been done, not even a team going through bankruptcy has dealt with this.
More importantly, I hope this ends up helping Dodger fans the most. Their biggest problem should be dealing with rain delays, not the fact the team looks to be falling apart at the baseball seams.