Frank McCourt, the embattled owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, labeled baseball commissioner Bud Selig this week as, “un-American” for seizing control of his ballclub. McCourt followed that remark up with more pointed accusations against Selig in an extended, revealing and must see interview with Darren Rovell on CNBC.
In the interview with Rovell, McCourt didn’t pull any punches and indicated he will fight to regain the reigns of the Dodgers.
McCourt is in the middle of a messy divorce and told Rovell that he and his estranged wife took $100 million out of the coffers of the club over a seven-year period. (That comes to about $15 million a year, or roughly what an outfielder hitting .280 would get.)
McCourt also had a 17 year $3 billion television rights deal worked out with FOX Sports sitting on Selig’s desk wating for his approval. In the meantime McCourt had sought out a $30 million bridge loan/advance from Fox to meet the first player payroll of the season.
Apparently the divorce, McCourt’s dipping into the team’s till, the TV deal and the advance/loan from FOX were too much for Selig to stomach and he used the “best interests of baseball,” clause to take over the Dodgers.
In the interview with Rovell, McCourt discusses at length his finances, trials and tribulations that caught the attention and ire of the commissioner.
In his give and take with Rovell, McCourt isn’t exactly diplomatic, but does seem to have a good argument. He also peppered the interview with phrases such as, “…the takeover doesn’t smell right…the commissioner won’t return my calls, why does he keep ducking me…the situation is fundamentally unfair,” along with his argument that the Dodgers are compliant and current with all their bills and liabilities.
See for yourself in Rovell’s revealing interview.