Los Angeles Dodgers: Time for MLB and Bud Selig To Force Their Sale

Rich StoweAnalyst IIIJune 1, 2011

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 14:  Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt  speaks at a news conference at Dodger Stadium prior to a game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers on April 14, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Large numbers of LAPD officers are being deployed as part of a zero tolerance policy toward misbehaving fans in response to the opening day attack on Stow two weeks ago.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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How much longer will Major League Baseball and Bud Selig allow the McCourts to own the Dodgers?

In order to make this week's payroll, they had to get advances from their sponsors and the rumor is they don't have the payroll for June 15 either.

This once great and proud franchise has been run into the ground.

It's time for Bud Selig and Major League Baseball to force the McCourts to sell the team. Whether it's a partial sale like the Wilpons did with the New York Mets or a full-blown sale, the time is now.

I'm sure there are plenty of people in the world that would jump at the chance to own a historic MLB franchise like the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The earlier Major League Baseball forces the sale, the better off the franchise will be in the future.  Whether it's simply by being able to make the next payroll without getting advances or applying for loans or by getting new owners in place before the free agency period starts, the team would be the better for it.

The Dodgers have two players, Matt Kemp and Andre Either, that are either free agents-to-be or could be used in trades. However, with ownership up in the air, nothing can be done about it. 

It does the team no good to wait on the sale until after free agency starts because they risk losing out on players such as Albert Pujols or Prince Fielder or their current players simply because the current owners can't afford to make any free agency acquisitions.

The next move is on you, Bud Selig. You've already taken the first step when you seized operating control of the team, now it's time to finalize the process. Don't wait to see if they can get more advances from their sponsors to continue to meet payroll obligations, don't approve the new TV deal with Fox that would get them $300 million up front and don't wait for them to miss a payroll before you seize the team. Do it now because finding a new owner isn't a quick process.

Put the team up for auction today and let it go to the highest bidder, whether it's Mark Cuban, Dennis Gilbert or someone else. It's time for a change.