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    LOS ANGELES – Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and his wife, team CEO Jamie McCourt, have separated, they confirmed in a joint statement provided to Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday night, the eve of the National League Championship Series.

    “Frank McCourt and Jamie McCourt confirm that they are separated,” according to their statement. “This is a personal matter and they request that their privacy be respected. They will be making no public statements.”

    It is unknown if the McCourts intend to divorce or what that might mean for the franchise, which Frank McCourt purchased in 2004 for $271 million. The price included the team, Dodger Stadium, the team’s spring training facility in Vero Beach, Fla. and its academy in the Dominican Republic.

    In April, Forbes magazine estimated the club was worth $722 million.

    The contentious divorce of San Diego Padres owner John Moores from his wife, Becky, precipitated the sale this spring of the Padres to a group led by Jeff Moorad. Before the sale, Moores carved $30 million from the Padres’ payroll, a scale-down that included selling off some of the club’s best players, staff ace Jake Peavy among them.

    The Dodgers are not believed to be for sale, though the club referred all questions on the matter to the McCourt’s statement. A question as to whether Jamie McCourt remained the team’s CEO was referred to Frank McCourt’s lawyer, Marshall Grossman, who said, “I can only refer you to the joint statement issued on behalf of Mr. and Mrs. McCourt. There is really nothing to add at this time. The focus of the Dodgers is on the playoffs and the World Series.”

    Speculation the McCourts’ marriage was in trouble has existed for months, as the couple had rarely been seen together. They were married in 1979 and have four sons.
    No one can make you
    Do what they want to
    You know you're stronger
    Than the lies
    That they tell you

  • #2
    Not the most opportune time for this announcement....A Phillies plot??

    Seriously, though, will this announcement have any detrimental effect on the team at this stage of the season? Given the McCourts have asked for privacy in the matter (as much as that will put the media off!!) and presumably the two of them will continue in their respective roles as if nothing happened, this is surely something that will sit way in the background as far as the players and team management is concerned??
    "A hot dog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz." ~Humphrey Bogart

    No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference. ~Tommy Lasorda

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    • #3
      Hmmmm, Rush Limbaugh is looking to buy a pro sports team.
      Buck O'Neil: The Monarch of Baseball

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      • #4
        I have the funny feeling that when Clayton Kershaw goes into the windup to throw the first pitch, he won't suddenly say to himself, "Gee, I wonder if the McCourts are going to divorce." And if he does, shame on him. Professional baseball players have done just fine amid plenty of media circuses.

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        • #5
          http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/sp...-66952322.html
          No one can make you
          Do what they want to
          You know you're stronger
          Than the lies
          That they tell you

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          • #6
            This will end up helping the club

            When this was announced I thought, "Oh boy this will cause problems." But the more I think about it, the more new ownership is needed. When we needed a starting pitcher did we go after Halladay or Lee very hard? No! Instead, we sign Padilla (he did well, but not great). Last year we sign Greg Maddux at the end of his career. All this because of MONEY.

            McCourt has dictated no long-term contracts for starting pitchers (presumably because of Schmidt). What player want to go to LA for a short-term contract when another team will sign them long-term?

            Sell the team Frank!

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            • #7
              McCourt doesn't have the institutional memory to know or care--if he did, he wouldn't have fired Ross Porter and shown in the way he did it that he has all of the class of a belch--but after that Kevin Brown contract, I'm not really too keen on long-term contracts for pitchers myself!

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              • #8
                Dodgers fans, look forward to Manny Ramirez and 24 rookies.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by spark240 View Post
                  Dodgers fans, look forward to Manny Ramirez and 24 rookies.
                  The good times just keep a-comin'.
                  No one can make you
                  Do what they want to
                  You know you're stronger
                  Than the lies
                  That they tell you

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                  • #10
                    If you want to follow all about the McCourt's divorce you can go to this site
                    http://www.dodgerdivorce.com/ The site was started by Joshua Fisher who describes himself as a Dodger fan, a law nerd and a news addict.

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