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Ken Rosenthal talks with FOX News about the league stepping in to take over the Dodgers.
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LA Dodgers owner Frank McCourt signals that he could be preparing to challenge Major League baseball's takeover of his team. The Commissioner of Baseball Bud Selig stepping in over concerns about -- financial troubles. And his ongoing divorce battle it also comes after team officials were criticized for their response to the brutal beating of a Giants fan Bryant's though. That happened right outside Dodger Stadium opening day Ken Rosenthal at fox sports dot com's senior writer and if a reporter for MLB on fox. Good to see you can't thanks very much what is happened the Dodgers I mean this is one of the sport's marquee franchises. How could this happen. It's happened because the owner Frank McCourt has had immense financial troubles and there's just been a steady decline of the team. In baseball was very upset that -- use the profits for the team for. His extravagant lifestyle on his wife's extravagant lifestyle and it's just a summary of all of these things the fans losing confidence the security issues that you mentioned and of course the finances there have been reports this week that. That the team actually got alone. From fox in order to cover its payroll can you confirm that and and and what did that have to do with the commissioner's actions well what I had to do with the commissioner's actions is that it made him angrier. At the Dodgers because he had earlier rejected the 200 million dollar loan from fox proposed loan. To the Dodgers not to McCourt directly to the Dodgers. Instead what accord did after that was rejected it was goat and get a personal loan to cover these expenses payroll. And in effect. In baseball's view he was going behind their back and that seemingly served as the final straw here. And we mentioned that there could be a a lawsuit that the in the courts might sue in order to retain control the team how much of -- spills over onto the field. Well it already has spilled onto the field for the past several years. They have not operated that way you would expect the team in Los Angeles to operate in terms of spending money on players things like that. So we've seen that gradual erosion and it will continue until they get a new owner which. Will likely be the end result of all of us. There's another team that's having some financial problems here in New York the Mets. Who were involved their owners with the -- Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme they find themselves in some trouble looking for. Someone to come in and and by part of the team. It is this the kind of thing. What -- Selig is doing in LA that he could do in new York and maybe force the Mets owners to sell the team. -- to different situations and it's different for a couple of reasons. Won the Mets seemingly on the verge of getting closer to selling a minority share of the club to get some money that way. And the other difference in a major difference is that Fred Wilpon is among the most respected owners in the game a close personal friend of Bud Selig. And beyond all of that. He has reinvested the team's revenues into the club. He hasn't used it for his own means and for that reason he's considered a good citizen whereas McCourt in baseball's view is not. Lots to think about you know and for the fans all they wanna do is watch the guys go out and play the game and on -- Deal with the rest of the stuff Ken Rosenthal knows everything about baseball you watch him of course on fox and freedom. On fox dot com sports dot com and follow him on Twitter which I do there is not a story. That there in baseball has now broken by this man to thanks very much for coming and Patriots talk to you Jeno really you.