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Fox TV deal rejected, which could force sale of Dodgers; Man suspected in Stow beating held on parole violation; African American community day at Dodger Stadium.By Jason LewisSentinel Sports Editor
Selig rejects Fox deal
Manny Ramirez, is still on the payroll even though he does not play for the Dodgers. If owner Frank McCourt cannot make payroll, which includes $8.33 million to Ramirez, he will most likely lose the team and the Dodgers will be up for sale. Photo by Jeff Lewis
Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt has been trying to hang onto the Dodgers, but a decision by Major League Baseball (MLB) Commissioner Bud Selig could force a sale of the team. McCourt had a reported 20 year, $3 billion television deal in place with Fox Sports, which would have given him the funds needed to hang onto the Dodgers and pay off his divorce settlement to his wife Jamie. The Fox contract would have given McCourt $385 million in upfront money, and McCourt has stated that he would not use any of those funds on personal use. But the divorce settlement earmarked up to $173.5 million for the McCourts and their attorneys.
Selig felt that McCourt would have used a large portion of those funds for personal use, so in the best interest of the Dodgers and the MLB, he rejected the deal. Selig’s feelings are not off base, because the McCourts have spent a reported $100 million of Dodger funds on houses, a lavish lifestyle, and other personal uses. Some believe that the Dodgers could have gotten a much richer TV deal, and that they could have started their own network, like the New York Yankees have, and like the Los Angeles Lakers are going to have. Their own TV network would have been worth much more than what Fox offered, but it seems like McCourt was in a pinch, so he took the best deal available at the moment. If the Dodgers are able to get a richer deal than what McCourt was settling for because he was in a bind, then Selig made the right choice in rejecting this deal. This decision nearly seals McCourt’s fate, because if he is unable to make payroll at the end of this month, then MLB can take over the team and force the sale of the Dodgers. Dodger fans have sounded off, and most of them want McCourt out. Comments from the Dodgers facebook page:“Ha ha, so long McCourt, you have lost your L.A. privileges.”“That's it we’re getting a new Dodger owner. Let's goooooooo Mark Cuban...! Please...!”“Adios Frank!”“Worst...owners...ever...”“Thank God the commissioner said "NO" to the Fox deal. Hope this means Frank McCourt will be forced to sell our beloved DODGERS. Everyone knows he can't afford them.”“Please just go quietly McCourt, have some pride and realize you are not wanted here. We don't like you......We love the Dodgers!”Man suspected in Stow beating being held on parole violation The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has not presented a case to the District Attorney’s Office or charged Giovanni Ramirez with the beating of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow in the Dodger Stadium parking lot on opening day, but they have held Ramirez since he was arrested on May 22. Ramirez said that he was not at Dodger Stadium that day, and that he has never been there in his life. He said that he was watching his 10-year-old daughter that day. His daughter told LAPD investigators that she was with her father the entire day. Numerous members of Ramirez’s family said that he was not there on that day. During a June 3 parole hearing, it was determined that there was no probable cause to hold Ramirez in connection with Stow’s beating, but that there were grounds to hold Ramirez behind bars on a gun charge. Ramirez was on parole. He is a documented gang member and he has was convicted of attempted robbery in 1998, robbery in 1999, and firing a weapon in a public place in 2005. When police officers raided the apartment where Ramirez was living, they found a handgun in a clothesbasket, which is a violation of Ramirez’s parole. Ramirez’s lawyer has said that Ramirez did not know that there was a gun at the apartment, but it was determined that he had access to the weapon, which is a violation of his parole. Ramirez has been sentenced to 10 months in prison for violating his parole, which could give LAPD investigators time to build a case against him, and locate a second man who was involved in the beating, and a woman who was the get away driver. African American Community Day and Crenshaw visits Dodger Stadium
A Crenshaw High School student is happy to see Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, who is having an MVP type season. Members of Crenshaw’s baseball and softball teams will be Kemps guest at the Dodgers game this Friday. Photo by Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers
This past Sunday was African American Community Day at Dodger Stadium, and this Friday Crenshaw High School’s baseball and softball teams will be special guest at the Dodgers game. The Dodgers visited Crenshaw High School on April 15 to pay tribute to Jackie Robinson on the anniversary of his breaking the color barrier. The tribute featured a panel discussion led by Don Newcombe, a former teammate of Robinson. “Sweet” Lou Johnson, Tommy Davis and Maury Wills, as well as current Dodgers Matt Kemp, James Loney, Marcus Thames, Tony Gwynn Jr. and Xavier Paul and Dodger prospect and Crenshaw High School alumnus Trayvon Robinson. The group spoke on Jackie Robinson’s legacy and the historical changes that he affected on society.“The Dodgers and Jackie Robinson have been a team for so many years and they remain a team today,” said Newcombe. “I look forward to helping the next generation of Americans learn all about who Jackie was and how much he means to so many people.”
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