The Dodgers should be required to disclose the conditions that govern land use around Dodger Stadium, the Los Angeles Times argued in a court filing Wednesday.
The Dodgers have asked the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for permission to file those conditions under seal, citing the "sensitive non-public commercial information" within. Attorneys for The Times argued that the Dodgers have not provided any evidence to support that claim or shown why it should outweigh "the well-established presumption of public access to judicial records."
Frank McCourt agreed last month to sell the Dodgers to Guggenheim Baseball Management in a $2.15-billion deal under which McCourt and Guggenheim will jointly own the parking lots that surround the stadium. The lots are owned by a McCourt entity that is not part of the bankruptcy filing, so Dodgers attorneys have said that details of the joint venture need not be disclosed in Bankruptcy Court.
In 2008, McCourt announced the "Next 50" stadium renovation plan, disclosing not only what would happen in the ballpark but in the surrounding parking lots, including the construction of parking structures. McCourt failed to secure financing for the plan, but attorneys for The Times argued that the announcement reflected an acknowledgment that fans should be kept informed about possible development of the property.