SI: Frank McCourt Fires Wife - The Dodgers CEO

UPDATE: SI is now reporting Jamie McCourt has been officially fired, within the last two days. (LA Times confirms.)

LAT also offers:

Jamie McCourt is believed to be lining up investors for a possible effort to buy out her husband and gain sole control of the team. In addition, she is believed to have started calling prominent baseball figures, with the intention of arranging meetings to discuss the direction of the team.

This is getting good. A week after the news hit that the McCourts were divorcing, SI reports today that “Frank McCourt is seriously considering firing his wife Jamie as CEO.”

Frank Jamie McCourt to divorce Will Jamie get the team?

Frank McCourt is chairman of the club and highest ranking officer of the franchise. Jamie is the second-highest ranking officer.

More: “Both McCourts have expressed an interest in owning the Dodgers separately.”

Frank is clearly firing a pre-emptive shot in a grapple of power for the $700M franchise. California is a 50-50 community property state for married couples, so if the couple goes through with the divorce, that would most likely mean that Jamie would officially own half the team on paper. That would in turn make her unfireable - and level her power within the organization with her husband.

Thing is though, if Jamie is going to own half the time, what difference does her CEO title mean anyway? Perhaps Frank’s lawyers are thinking that if she’s no longer involved in the day-to-day when the divorce proceeding begins, they can argue she should have to serve as a silent partner.

Or perhaps this is a prelude to Frank trying to buy Jamie out of her share of the team. Or prevent Jamie from buying him out!

So now large-market L.A. fans not only have an underfunded owner, but we get this.

*looks for popcorn*