McCourt could also file for bankruptcy and try to persuade the bankruptcy judge to order implementation of the Fox deal. But that would require overcoming MLB bylaws that allow the commissioner to seize any team whose owner files for bankruptcy.
Frank McCourt is prepared to argue that, even if MLB were to seize the Dodgers, the stadium and surrounding land would belong to him because he has divided the assets into separate entities, according to a person familiar with McCourt's thinking. That position, which could deprive a new owner of millions in annual revenue, is disputed by MLB.
Referring to the Dodgers' television rights as "our asset," McCourt has previously said that it would be "un-American" to deny him control of that asset and alleged that Selig was withholding approval as a means to force a sale.
"It is not appropriate for one party's property to be seized by another party just because they got divorced or for some arbitrary reason," McCourt said.