Two years after Frank and Jamie McCourt began their long, ugly, record-breakingly expensive battle over their divorce and their holdings, they have finally reached a truce on the most contested issue: whether the Dodgers are community property. You can have them, Jamie says. Neither has talked about the details, but The Times has reported that Jamie agreed to relinquish her claim to the team for a settlement of $130 million.
While that may put a stop to the McCourts' personal fight, it doesn't end the painful saga that Dodgers fans have had to endure, watching their team languish on the field and be put into bankruptcy. But the couple's settlement does bring us closer to a decision on the team's fate in Bankruptcy Court. Now, Frank McCourt is free to face off, unencumbered by a possible co-owner, against Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, who wants the judge to order the team sold.
Even without the added burden of having to win sole custody of the team in a family court proceeding, McCourt has an uphill battle in Bankruptcy Court. His best hope for keeping the team lies with the judge granting him permission to sell the lucrative television rights to the Dodgers. Both Selig and Fox Sports, which currently holds the rights, have opposed this.