If Dodgers owner Frank McCourt doesn't make payroll at the end of the month, the commissioner's office would have the power to take control of the team and put it on the market. Here's the latest on the Dodgers, who had their proposed TV deal rejected by Bud Selig yesterday:
- Bob Sacks, an attorney for McCourt, hinted to Bill Shaikin of the LA Times that MLB could find itself in a legal "showdown" with the Dodgers and explained that there's "the possibility of some fairly acrimonious and extreme litigation going forward." McCourt's representatives are asking to sit down with Selig and negotiate their way through the Dodgers' financial issues. MLB executive vice president Rob Manfred says he's confident in the league's legal position.
- Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said on TMZ that he would have interest in buying the Dodgers under the right circumstances. But Cuban suggests it could be a while - maybe 20 years - before the Dodgers are on the right track again. “It's just such a mess, right,” Cuban said. “I can’t imagine that it’s not going to be such a mess that it’s going to make it hard to turn around.”
- Maury Brown of the Biz of Baseball says Cuban's stock has risen because his Mavericks won the NBA Championship, but ESPN.com's Keith Law doubts MLB would approve Cuban as an owner (Twitter link).