You don’t see family members go at each other in a high-profile court case like this in Los Angeles since the Chandlers gave up the LA Times. So nostalgic. Yes, the epic struggle for control of the Dodgers begins on Thursday, as Frank McCourt and Jamie McCourt square off to contest assets in their divorce. “Who needs two? Got tickets in the second row, middle, right opposite the bailiff. Who needs tickets?” “Red hots! Get your Dodger Dogs!”
Of course Jamie McCourt is attempting to get back her job as Dodger CEO after being fired by club owner and husband Frank. The plot thickened when Frank accused Jamie of secret naughty Paris hi-jinks with her “security advisor,” Jeff Fuller. The court will hear arguments from Jamie as to why she should be reinstated, and why the Fuller accusations should be withheld. Frank will contend that Jamie is a detriment to the team, and the entire National League. Vin Scully will call the action.
The entire case is outlined in very complete fashion over at DODGER DIVORCE, which has done a much better job sketching out the possible scenarios than Joe Torre did planning playoff strategy.
The Dodger Divorce prediction is that the judge will not reinstate Jamie. The Dodgers will be allowed to participate in the litigation to a degree. Losing the battle for reinstatement, Jamie will ask for a temporary maintenance award to tide her over until the December 1 hearing. If the judge doesn’t decide that the half-mil from Frank to cover her salary isn’t enough, my guess is that she’ll get something at or below the low end of her demands; think $300,000ish.
Then again, this is California we’re talking about, and crazy stuff happens.
You said a mouthful there, buster.
As in all divorce custody hearings, it’s really the fans who suffer most. Perhaps the judge will split the team in two, with Jamie getting control of the left side of the Dodger Stadium playing field, and Frank gaining control of the right. There will be joint custody of Manny.