Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Dodger Blues

We're on the road this week, so the specifics aren't yet clear to us. But we were as surprised as anyone by the news that Major League Baseball and Bud Selig had seized the LA Dodgers franchise from Frank McCourt.

The story rubs us wrong for lots of reasons. It's hard to feel much sympathy for McCourt; he's run the team into the ground, and managed his finances so poorly that he recently had to borrow $30 million just to make payroll, the second such loan since the end of last season. But the franchise is his property, and it's simply not defensible to take someone's property without their consent. Of course, pro sports in America are in no way a capitalist enterprise, so perhaps this shouldn't surprise us.

For Dodger fans, it seems they'll have to look forward to years of bumbling, corporatist management by MLB. Sort of like what the Expos/Nationals franchise experienced from 2003-2005. Ouch.


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