DOT DOT DASH: To protect his money maneuvering that would keep the Dodgers afloat and under his control, Frank McCourt filed for bankruptcy Monday . . –– Blame Bud: Frank's Dodger Blue foam finger is pointing to MLB Commissioner Bud Selif not approving a contract with FOX TV, reports The Los Angeles Times.
WSJ Pre-Game Analysis: Like ESPN bringing in a Hall of Fame pitcher to break down the tale-of-the-tape between two left handers in an upcoming game, Wall Street Journal takes a look at the power play by the Dodgers with a vice chair of a bankruptcy-law firm, "They may have some more leverage to get the Fox TV transaction approved in bankruptcy court over the objections of Major League Baseball. That’s what really precipitated the bankruptcy filing," says the bankruptcy game analyst. "Strategically it was probably the right move to make."
ADD: WSJ reports that since the Dodgers are private and in bankruptcy protection, McCourt can reject takeovers . . –– Also "creditors might push McCourt to accept a sale offer so they get their money paid back." . . –– Manny Ramirez is owed $21 million, making him the largest creditor on the books. Vin Scully is listed on the bankruptcy filing, as well as ball players yet to take the field.
FORBES SPOTS MONKEY WRENCH: They wonder if Jamie McCourt signed off on the Dodgers’ bankruptcy filing.
I TOLD JA's: Sports scribe Dan Shaughnessy recalls more innocent days when Frank "Tire-Kicker" McCourt tried to purchase the Red Sox: 'Boston knew would be a disaster for MLB.' . . –– "Dodger fans don't deserve it, but they've seen this coming for a while and have had ample opportunities to learn to love the Angels, or the Padres, or Fullerton State." Writes Ray Ratto at CBSsports.
DODGER FOLLY: During committe meetings for the Dodger Trolley, an attorney for The Blue recanted again and again they would not pay or match funding for a bus that transported fans from Dodger Stadium to Union Station and back . . –– The City of Los Angeles cannot expect the Dodger organization to foot the bill, said the Dodger rep. "Do you know the amount of taxes the Dodgers pay the city?" . . –– WE DO NOW: The Dodgers owe the City of Los Angeles $240,563 in back taxes, according to the filing.