Though I’m a Giants fan after living in San Francisco for decades, I grew up listening to and rooting for the Dodgers. (Yes, a “purple” baseball fan).
I’d listen to Vin Scully announce the games, on the radio no less, as I drifted off to sleep as a child and go to some of the games. (Box seats were just $3.50 back then). The Dodgers’ longtime owners were the O’Malley’s — first Walter, then his son Peter.
Peter described his Dad’s management style: “As president, the way he ran the business, he believed in stability and very little turnover. It was the strength of the organization. The management team worked as well as the team on the field.”
This was evidenced in many ways, including the long tenure of both Walter Alston and Tommy Lasorda as Dodgers managers and Scully, the broadcast voice.
But times changed. Rubert Murdoch owned the Dodgers and sold the team to its current owner, Frank McCourt. Here’s the latest sickening twist, a reminder why people hold rich businesspeople in such low self esteem:
“The Dodgers are closer than ever to a change in ownership after Major League Baseball rejected a proposed broadcast deal between the team and Fox Sports, denying the financially troubled ballclub a much needed infusion of cash.
“The decision handed down by Commissioner Bud Selig on Monday also invalidated last week’s divorce settlement between owner Frank McCourt and his ex-wife Jamie, which had been predicated on both parties — and their lawyers — receiving an immediate piece of the television deal.
“This ‘further diversion of Dodgers assets for the personal needs of Mr. McCourt’ concerned Selig, according to a statement released by his office.
“The commissioner said it ‘would have the effect of mortgaging the future of the franchise to the long-term detriment of the club and its fans.'”
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