McCourt: MLB Commissioner ‘Ducking’ Me

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Embattled Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt sounded a defiant tone on Thursday, calling out baseball’s top executive and vowing not to let the team’s new monitor control his finances.

KNX 1070’s John Brooks reports Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig says Tom Scheiffer will oversee the day-to-day operations and must approve any expenditure over $5,000 — but McCourt has other plans.

McCourt told CNBC that he will let Schieffer in only as an observer, and he blames Selig for blocking a $3 billion TV deal.

“The only thing preventing me from accessing that capital is Commissioner Selig,” McCourt said. “He’s not returning my calls, and I just want to know why he’s ducking me.”

CNBC reporter Darren Rovell told KNX 1070 that McCourt is still on the defensive about some questionable loans he reportedly took out from the team treasury.

League officials say the TV deal with Fox is on hold until the monitor examines the Dodgers’ finances.

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  • Ex- Dodger Fan

    McCourt is a leech and his piggy bank has run dry, my gawd I flush better things than him.

    • Saber 1

      He is nothing, broke and not important anymore.

  • joe

    Mc Broke its time to sell the team….

  • Crazy Irish

    Mccourt really blows

  • Phil

    Frank, I’ve been a supporter since you bought the team, but your inability to work it out with Jamie at the business level, and your “it’s all about me now” attitude, hey, it’s time to go. Destroying the team on the way out is a lousy legacy, not that I think you are going to have much of one after the events of the last couple of years.

  • Baseball girl

    Booooooo Hoooooooooooo to bad so sad mccourt.. the party is over

  • Steph

    McCourt is desperate. He does blow. Sell the team.

  • Tom

    McCourt can afford to pay the team if he is fronted 3 billion in future t.v. dollars. You know “I can gladly pay you Tuesday, for a hamburger today.”

    The McCourt’s shouldn’t have been allowed to buy the Dodgers in the first place, haveing to borrow the majority of the millions needed origianlly. All of that was the fault of the commish then, and now the commish is trying to fix that mistake.. a lot too late.

    • Tom

      *note to self… proof read before submitting. Apologies for typos.

  • See you in Parking Lot 2 McCourt.

    McCourt is a thief. He has pilfered the Dodger’s finances to fund his own lavish lifestyle at the expense of the Dodger franchise and the Dodger family and fans. No one supports McCourt and it should have been McCourt who was beaten in that parking lot on Opening Day. Maybe he should start parking in lot 2 and see what people really think of him. Get out if town while you still can McCourt.

    • MCC2

      He said he was sorry for that and that mistake won’t happen again. Give em a break will ya?

  • it's me

    Would Mc Count, have done this to his hometown Red Sox?

  • Marco

    Think the real reason he’s upset is he had other plans for that $3 billion dollars.

    Put that special edition Bentley on hold.

    How is that poor beaten unconscious fan doing btw? It’d be great PR Frank if you let the media follow you to the hospital to visit with the victim and family, instead of flying to New York and whining about someone not meeting you.

    That family proally feels the same way.

    Poor spoiled kid, Frank McCourt, can’t play with his lego set anymore.

    And where is Jamie? Isn’t she 50% owner also? 30 years of marriage……wasn’t even worth it.

    • Donna

      Yes. Who really knows what he’d do with all that money. Does it matter? We can’t trust him-period. This guy’s attitude stinks. The fighting Irish. Doesn’t he understand that Dodger fans can’t stand him? Go back to Boston and stay there, PLEASE!

  • jjsin

    If he can get access to that capital he can pay off all his debts, his divorce, and have a tidy profit for himself. After that happens, he would be open to selling the team.

  • Paul

    All this mess proves that Joe Torre was smart enough to know when to leave. Joe probably saw what the McCourts where doing to the franchise and decided to exit ASAP.

    • I See!

      Joe Torre was not a good coach anyway. He was fortunate to have all that talent in New York.

  • Al-Qaeda

    Pack your bags and go back to Boston.

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