LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Add another name to the continually-revolving and evolving Dodgers bankruptcy story. And this one is famous.
Frank Sinatra’s three children — namely Frank Jr., Nancy and Tina — inherited their late father’s eight season tickets (first and second row, behind the visitor’s dugout on the first base side) and they want an official committee named to represent the approximate 14,000 season ticket holders at the team’s upcoming bankruptcy hearing.
“We feel the season-ticket holders are the true stakeholders in the bankruptcy case and currently have no voice in the case,” Robbin L. Itkin, an attorney for five season ticket holders, wrote to Bloomberg News in an e-mail Wednesday.
Her clients, including the Sinatras, represent “the interests of the public who have supported the Dodgers franchise for years.”
Frank Sinatra was such a Dodgers fan, the lawyer points out, his original seats were preserved and moved to the company’s front office when the stadium was remodeled. Dave Lopez, reporting for CBS2 and KCAL9, said Sinatra was a season ticket holder from 1958 and “a fixture at the stadium until the day he died.”
The Sinatra’s children point to the team’s declining attendance as one reason their interests need to be protected.
Attendance is down 25% from 2010 and it was already down 10% from the previous year.
Lopez also reports for the first time since 1992, the Dodgers will sell less than 3 million tickets and by season’s end, the team will have drawn less than 50% capacity. Lopez says “that is unheard of since the stadium opened in 1962.”