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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Words Come Out Of Jamie McCourt's Mouth

The promised T.J. Simers interview with Jamie McCourt has finally arrived. Unlike Jon, I have a few comments:
Why didn't one of your lawyers stand up and stop you from saying something as ridiculous as you are the face of the Dodgers in your court filing?

"When you're trying to get everything submitted, you don't pay attention necessarily to the perfect language, but I signed it. When I became CEO, Frank used to say, 'Go be the face of the Dodgers, go be the external brand [in the community].' "

"Perfect"? How about "not just plain stupid"?
Are we going back to building Little League fields instead of signing free agents?

"I get it, believe me. I know there's a different budget for both and so did the writer who quoted me. Our first order of business is to win the World Series, but we also have a platform to make an impact in the community."

Funny, it didn't come out that way. From the Nov. 26, 2008 LAT story (which has disappeared from the Times' website):
"If you bring somebody in to play and pay them, pick a number, $30 million, does that seem a little weird to you?" Jamie McCourt asked in an interview at the Evergreen Recreation Center in East Los Angeles. "That's what we're trying to figure out. We're really trying to see it through the eyes of our fans. We're really trying to understand, would they rather have the 50 fields?"
She's all but accusing the Times of quoting her out of context; but why the heck make that comment in the first place unless those two were conflated in her own mind?
You talk about the fans, what consideration is given to them when it comes to ticket prices?

"That was a big fight with me and Frank. I haven't wanted to raise ticket prices for several years. It was a big debate. You don't have to be a brain surgeon to know this isn't the time to raise ticket prices."

Interesting. But we have no way of knowing this as a fact.


Now the real haggling begins, months and months of it, but as an interesting aside, The Times learned the Dodgers hired a corporate strategist four years ago to evaluate the whole organization, including the relationship between Frank and Jamie.

Jamie had never seen the final findings, proclaiming, "This is a big day for me," as she read the corporate strategist's conclusions on the power couple in charge of the Dodgers.

"It was clear that Jamie believed that the success of the relationship is the key to all doors. She believes that the partnership is at risk because Frank 'doesn't get it.'

"[Frank] doesn't value her talents, listens to her only on his terms and shows little respect/acknowledgment for her in public. [emboldening in this graf mine -- RLM] Jamie says that she can be a bigger asset to them if Frank could get by his need to dominate the public stage and better understand her business value."

Jamie is almost emotional when she finishes, and obviously overwhelmed. "You made my day," she says, "I'm not kidding you."

Update 11/11: In Jon's comment section:
She contradicts herself, on one hand:
"I was handling everything from catsup dispenser to whether Joe Torre should be hired." But when it came to the questions about rising ticket prices and parking fees she resorted to the Frank card stating "That's a real estate move. I'm a baseball girl. Frank likes the real estate side."

Posted by: Sal Coco | November 10, 2009 at 10:31 PM

Excellent question.

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