The storied Dodger franchise of Brooklyn and now Los Angeles has officially been taken over by the offices of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball, Mr. Bud Selig. This epic downfall is perhaps the lowest day in Dodger history since the club left Brooklyn for Los Angeles, and is the sole fault of owner Frank McCourt. In the seven years of the McCourt family ownership, the club has had success that should be credited to the McCourts.
All Dodger fans were positive and warm towards Frank and Jamie even as ticket prices soared, along with major changes to Dodger Stadium that made it feel too commercial, just because the team on the field was finding success. In the McCourts' first six seasons of ownership, the Dodgers went to the playoffs four times and went to back-to-back NLCS, losing both to the Philadelphia Phillies.
However, Frank and Jamie's divorce put an overarching damper on the entire franchise, starting in the end of 2009 right as the Dodgers were battling for a spot in the World Series. The battle in terms of who controls the team after the divorce made many fans question if McCourt was right for the position, spending millions of money he did not have on his legal team.
McCourt's financial woes are the only reason Major League Baseball has had to get involved, as it was reported that Frank was $439 million in debt. Unable to make payroll in April, McCourt apparently had to take a $30 million loan from Fox (the company he bought the team from) after Selig denied McCourt's proposal for a $200 million loan.
Let's take a look at what will actually happen as a result of the MLB takeover, and what ideas are pure fiction.