Frank McCourt Looting Charges Should Be Straw That Breaks MLB's Back

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistOctober 25, 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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Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt continues to be a huge black eye on the face of Major League Baseball. The latest claim is that he took nearly $190 million from his own team to use for himself. 

According to the report on, MLB filed a claim against McCourt for "looting" money from the franchise, and the league also cites the Bryan Stow incident in the filing as evidence that the controversial owner has lost control of his life and team.

"'The Dodgers are in bankruptcy because McCourt has taken almost $190 million out of the club and has completely alienated the Dodgers' fan base,' the MLB filing said.


MLB said the Stow incident was an example of how a lack of security was an example of bad ownership by McCourt. The Dodgers countered that Selig 'set about fabricating the public misimpression that security at Dodger Stadium was somehow inadequate. This is, by far, the most unforgivable action taken by the commissioner during this entire saga, and has caused enormous and irreparable harm to the Dodgers, Mr. McCourt and the game of baseball.'"

We have reached a point with McCourt where it is embarrassing that he is still the owner of a professional sports team. He has done nothing but bury the Dodgers franchise with his terrible financial management, and things just keep getting worse the deeper you dig into him. 

Even with his divorced finalized, McCourt still does not have the financial resources necessary to operate the Dodgers on a day-to-day basis. He barely had them to begin with but somehow sweet talked his way into the owners' hearts. 

MLB commissioner Bud Selig is not without fault in this whole situation because he was part of the group that approved McCourt's bid to buy the Dodgers, but now he has to do whatever he possibly can to fix this mess. 

MLB needs the Dodgers to be good because the Los Angeles market is critical to the financial success of all 30 teams. They finished with a winning record in 2011, but the fans were not showing up because they see the direction that McCourt has taken this team. 

It is a sad story for one of the signature franchises in all of North American sports, and McCourt needs to be ousted from power as soon as possible. 

Now that there are looting charges against McCourt, to go along with poor ownership and unsafe conditions in and around Dodgers' Stadium, the end is near.


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