Bankruptcy Court Approves Dodgers Sale Over MLB's Objections

The Los Angeles Times' Bill Shaikin, who's been draped over this story like a cheap suit from Day 1, has the latest on the sale of the Dodgers, which remains on track for the end of this month:

The sale of the Dodgers to a group fronted by Lakers icon Magic Johnson was approved in U.S. Bankruptcy Court on Friday, despite strong objections from Major League Baseball.

In six hours of tense and contentious arguments, MLB tried to re-assert control over the Dodgers, saying the Commissioner Bud Selig should have control moving forward – just as he would over any other team.

The Dodgers argued many of those decisions still belonged with the court under terms of a settlement reached earlier between MLB and outgoing owner Frank McCourt when he agreed to sell.

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The contentious debate seemed to surprise Judge Gross, who, as arguments grew tense, quipped, “I had no idea. I thought this was going to be a celebration-type occasion.”

The sale is set to close by April 30. If the deal closes as scheduled, the Dodgers would play their first home game under new ownership May 7, against the rival San Francisco Giants.

This really does seem like a lot of fun, with MLB arguing against the sale after devoting so much energy to getting a sale done. But that's Frank McCourt, right? The gift who just keeps on giving.

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