MLB responds to McCourt

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New York - Major League Baseball has issued a statement in response to comments made by Dodgers owner Frank McCourt following his meeting with league officials.

According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, McCourt held a press conference after the meeting and said he met with officials -- but not commissioner Bud Selig -- to present plans for a television contract with Fox that would give the Dodgers financial stability.

Selig appointed former Texas Rangers president Tom Schieffer "Monitor" of the team on Monday, after the Times reported McCourt recently took a loan from Fox for the second time since the end of last season.

McCourt showed his resistance to MLB's move, saying, "Nobody handed the Dodgers to me and nobody's going to take it away," at the press conference, according to the Times. He said Selig vetoed the deal and branded the decision "un-American," the report stated.

Rob Manfred, MLB's executive vice president of labor relations, issued a statement in response:

"It is unfortunate that Mr. McCourt felt it necessary to publicize the content of a private meeting. It is even more unfortunate that Mr. McCourt's public recitation was not accurate. Most fundamental, Commissioner Selig did not 'veto' a proposed transaction. Rather, Mr. McCourt was clearly told that the Commissioner would make no decision on any transaction until after his investigation into the Club and its finances is complete so that he can properly evaluate all of the facts and circumstances.

"Equally important, there has been no seizure of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Mr. Schieffer has been appointed as a monitor, and a multi-page written directive from the Commissioner describing his role has been provided to Mr. McCourt. In our meeting, no one from the Dodgers asked a single, specific question about the terms of the document setting forth the monitor's role.

"Finally, Mr. McCourt is well aware of the basis of Baseball's investigation and has been provided an eight-page document describing the issues of concern to Major League Baseball."

McCourt has owned the Dodgers since 2004, when he bought controlling interest of the team from Fox. But he has been involved in a messy divorce with wife Jamie McCourt since their separation two years ago and ownership of the team has been contested.


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