Dodgers Links: Schieffer, IRS, FOX

Earlier today we learned that former Rangers president Tom Schieffer is expected to be appointed as Dodgers' trustee by MLB, a little less than a week after the league took over the team's financial operations. Here's a round up of news items surrounding the team…

  • Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports spoke to a former MLB executive that calls Schieffer "an outstanding choice" (Twitter links). "[Schieffer] is bright, was a good operator and probably has no aspirations to pursue a continuing job or equity stake with the team," said the exec.
  • Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports hears that Schieffer will take over all financial and day-to-day business operations of the team and will "presumably lead baseball’s investigation into [Frank McCourt]'s business practices."
  • In a tweet, Brown says that billionare business magnate Ron Burkle would have interest in buying the team, but he has not joined former Dodgers' first baseman Steve Garvey in a venture to do so. We heard the opposite over the weekend.
  •'s Jon Heyman spoke to a person close to the team that said it was the IRS, not MLB's takeover that sent the Dodgers' office into a panic. The McCourts managed to take $100MM from the team but didn't pay taxes for seven years.
  • Remember that 20-year, $3 billion television deal with FOX that McCourt tried to get approved by MLB? Joe Flint of The Los Angeles Times reports that it's really a 13-year deal valued at $1.6 billion.

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