It doesn’t seem possible, but a Los Angeles Times report indicates that we could be nearing the end of the McCourt saga with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The report says that Jamie and Frank McCourt have reached a divorce settlement in which Jamie will get $130 million and give up any claim to a share of Dodgers ownership.
The settlement would remove Jamie McCourt as an obstacle to Frank McCourt’s plan to retain ownership of the team by selling the Dodgers’ television rights in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. The agreement also would appear to set up a winner-take-all court showdown for the Dodgers between Frank McCourt and Commissioner Bud Selig.
The people familiar with the agreement spoke on condition of anonymity because the settlement has not been finalized. However, such a settlement would conclude what is believed to be the costliest divorce in California history.
The rest of the Times article details the history of the McCourt divorce, including the “lavish lifestyle” lived by both Frank and Jamie McCourt, “ultimately financed by Dodgers fans”:
She wrote of combined salaries of $7 million per year, plus $46 million to buy side-by-side oceanfront estates in Malibu, $27 million to buy side-by-side homes near the Playboy Mansion, additional properties in Massachusetts, Montana, Colorado, Wyoming and Mexico, $400 dinners and $1,000 per-night hotels, private jet travel around the world, even house calls from hairdressers and makeup artists.
It would seem that everyone connected with baseball will be better off when this is all finally settled.