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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Jamie McCourt And Teh Bitter

Meow:
The day started with a new and salacious twist, with Frank McCourt claiming in a 664-page court filing that he fired Jamie McCourt as the club's chief executive in part for having an affair with her driver, who was employed by the Dodgers. His attorneys also allege the two spent 2 1/2 weeks in France this summer and billed the team for the trip.

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Frank McCourt has asked the court for an expedited ruling validating that he is the sole owner [of the Dodgers], calling her claims of co-ownership "false and baseless" and damaging to the team.

Good luck with that in a community property state, Frank.
Dodgers President Dennis Mannion said in the court documents that Jamie McCourt did not show up for work more than half the time, put her own image ahead of the team's and "exhibited an almost disdainful disregard for the fundamental requirements of her job and workplace etiquette."

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Dodgers President Dennis Mannion said in the court documents that Jamie McCourt did not show up for work more than half the time, put her own image ahead of the team's and "exhibited an almost disdainful disregard for the fundamental requirements of her job and workplace etiquette."

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Upon his promotion to team president in March, the same day Jamie McCourt was promoted to chief executive, Mannion reported directly to Frank McCourt. In Jamie McCourt's court papers, she alleged that Mannion and Frank McCourt worked together to ensure she was "systematically excluded from business or management decisions."

Was she locked out of her office the whole time? Or was she just too interested in other things? Welcome to the law firm of That's Mine and This Is Yours!
Lawyers for Frank McCourt not only alleged that Jamie McCourt had an affair with her driver -- his grounds for firing her included "an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate employee" -- but also that she charged the Dodgers for the cost of a European trip with him, in the middle of baseball season.

Fields admitted that Jamie McCourt is in a romantic relationship with Jeff Fuller, her driver, but said the relationship started after she separated from Frank McCourt on July 6. Fields said she did not bill the team for the trip.

Oops.
But one sports executive put the chances of the team eventually being sold to a third party as high as 50-50, saying the financial partners that might be required to sustain either of the McCourts as the Dodgers' owner could be turned off by the harsh public spectacle of this divorce.
How about, 100%? Community property rules plus the McCourts' incredible leverage would, it seems to me, make this inevitable. And if it forces the team to be sold at something of a fire sale to a competent owner (hello, Mark Cuban?), so much the better.

Also — here's a week-old Daily Breeze story about Jamie McCourt's chances in the court of public opinion.

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