On Friday, Frank McCourt and the Dodgers got what most people consider to be a considerable setback in the bankruptcy litigation when the judge ruled that they would not be able to take discovery of the business dealings of other teams with Major League Baseball.
And you know it was horrible for them because it inspired someone with the Dodgers’ PR firm to send out an email in which it was said that “the Los Angeles Dodgers look forward to this hearing …” etc. The only time anyone ever says that they look forward to a hearing or a trial or whatever is when they’re in deep doo-doo. It’s just how that goes.
Also underscoring the notion that McCourt knows he’s kinda screwed now: today his lawyers asked the court to reconsider the decision on the other teams’ financial information. And motions for reconsideration just never, ever work. They’re the litigation equivalent of my son saying “but DAAAAAD!”
So yeah, I think Frank McCourt may be in trouble. Or, more to the point, I think he finally realizes that he’s in trouble.
Minor League Baseball announced on Wednesday that, for the 14th consecutive season, the league has eclipsed 40 million in total attendance. 20 teams set single-game attendance records and seven teams set franchise records for single-game attendance in their current parks.
ESPN’s Keith Law, who has been covering the minor leagues for quite a while, did the math:
Minor League Baseball president and CEO Pat O’Conner, whose most prominent stint in the public eye involved him disingenuously justifying the underpaying of his players, said, “Minor League Baseball continues to be the best entertainment value in sports, and these numbers support that. For us to top 40 million fans for the 14th consecutive season despite the weather challenges our teams faced in April and May is a testament to the continued support of our loyal fan bases and the creative promotions and hard work done by all of our teams across the country.”
Major and Minor League Baseball are quite happy to make money hand over fist on the backs of their players, but are too cheap to pay them adequately for their labor.