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Frank McCourt retains control of Dodgers — for now — following divorce settlement

That’s one ($130 million) problem down, and one (much bigger) one to go, for Dodgers owner Frank McCourt. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Jamie McCourt will receive about $130 million, according to an anonymous source quoted by the Associated Press. The McCourts reached a settlement on June 17 that would have given Jamie $100 million and possession of each of the former couple’s six homes. But that deal was contingent on the approval of a 17-year television contract with Fox, which MLB commissioner Bud Selig rejected.

While a stiff price to pay, removing Jamie McCourt from the equation will allow Frank McCourt’s legal team to focus on the ongoing bankruptcy court feud with Major League Baseball. As part of the divorce settlement, Jamie McCourt has agreed to withdraw her opposition to the proposed sale of the team’s media rights, which Frank McCourt claims will lessen his financial strain.

Jamie McCourt had previously asked the divorce court to order the team sold in order to prevent her ex-husband from retaining control of the team.

Selig and MLB are attempting to persuade a bankruptcy judge to file a reorganization plan that would force McCourt to sell the Dodgers.

The league assumed control of the Dodgers’ day-to-day operations in April before McCourt filed for bankruptcy. Selig has long expressed concern with the running of franchise during the McCourt’s ugly, drawn-out divorce proceedings, which began last year.

More Los Angeles Dodgers coverage from The Washington Post:

Early Lead: Dodgers begin bankruptcy court hearing as MLB looks to take control of team

Early Lead: L.A. Dodgers stiff-arming MLB’s attempt to oversee baseball operations

Early Lead: Dodgers win bankruptcy reprieve but battle with MLB for team control far from over

Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.


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