Exit the Villain?
Bill Shaikin at the L.A. Times reports that McCourt will agree to sell the team, and in return “will get some control over the sale.”
For those not paying attention, McCourt is going through a divorce and has no money. So he’s tried to mortgage his team’s future by selling future Dodgers TV rights in order to pay his bills. At the end of the process, the Dodgers would be an empty shell with very little value… something that Baseball Czar Bud Selig does not want, because it would reflect poorly on the value of all other baseball franchises.
Of course, Bud Selig’s the guy who thought this Boston parking-lot attendant would make a good owner for one of the proudest (if evil) franchises in baseball. It’s hard for me to root for any party in this scenario: McCourt? Selig? The Dodgers? But if I have to choose, I choose to root for the game of baseball, which will be better off without a jerk like McCourt in it.