In a move that took the baseball world by storm, Bud Selig announced Wednesday that Major League Baseball will assume control of both the financial and day-to-day operations of one of the league's most storied franchises—the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Selig added that a representative from the commissioner's office would be appointed to oversee the Dodgers' operations "over the next several days." Although several names have already been speculated as to who may be sent to Los Angeles, it's still unknown who the representative will be.
Some people believe that this is the first in a series of moves that may eventually force the sale of the Dodgers. It's been mentioned that current owner Frank McCourt may retaliate with a lawsuit; however, legal details still remain sketchy. If Selig can convince three-quarters of the league's 30 owners to agree, a sale of the team on McCourt's behalf could become imminent.
Many baseball analysts believe that McCourt won't go down without a fight. In his lone statement to the media last evening, McCourt offered the following: "Major League Baseball sets strict financial guidelines which all 30 teams must follow. The Dodgers are in compliance with these guidelines. On this basis, it is hard to understand the Commissioner's action today."
It's tough to predict what exactly, if any, McCourt's next course of action will be. Regardless, fans across Dodgertown are left wondering how the takeover will impact the Dodgers moving forward.
The following slides show six results that may happen as a result of the takeover and offer commentary as to how several resolutions to a number of critical, team-related issues may occur over the coming months.