SI’s take on Dodger Big D


Putting the Frank and Jamie McCourt divorce into some national context, because we alone on our island of celebrity isn’t always the best perspective, Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins writes in the Sept. 13 issues:

“The current owners’ public sparring is not the only thing that sets them apart from what once was the Dodger Way. (Former owner Peter) O’Malley worked 12 hours a day at Dodger Stadium; the McCourts work at separate offices in Beverly Hills. O’Malley went more than a decade without raising ticket prices; the McCourts revealed a plan to nearly double ticket prices during their ownership. O’Malley employed two general managers and two managers in 28 years as president; the McCourts plowed through no fewer than seven public-relations gurus alone, one of whom plotted a course for Jamie to become president of the U.S. ‘They have complete turnover all the time,’ says a former executive. ‘It never stops.’ ”

Jenkins also notes the court documents “detail the lifestyle of the vulgar rich, stretching even L.A.’s relaxed boundaries of excess: eight properties with values totaling more than $108 million, seven country-club memberships, $800,000 per year paid for private security, $600,000 per year paid to sons who did not have titles with the team, $400,000 per year paid to an employee to run a charity and $150,000 per year paid to a hairstylist who coiffed the McCourts five days a week.”

Meanwhile, the latest from “The parties break for two weeks to accommodate Judge Gordon’s calendar and — ostensibly — attempt to make some progress toward a settlement. Because of where we’re at in the proceedings, I’m not sure Frank’s side is in a position to demand its goal in a deal — whatever that is. For the same reason, I wouldn’t be surprised if Jamie’s team is trying to negotiate from a stronger position than it might have earned.”

So it’s back on Sept. 20, probably resuming the week of Sept. 27, and once it finishes, Gordon has up to 90 days to rule, then “the statutory deadlines are set for any potential appeals. We’re not close to through yet,” writes’s Josh Fisher.

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