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Jamie McCourt asks for immediate Dodgers sale

Jamie McCourt asks for immediate Dodgers sale

Jamie McCourt asks for immediate Dodgers sale
LOS ANGELES -- Jamie McCourt on Thursday asked a judge to order the immediate sale of the Dodgers, saying club owner Frank McCourt, her ex-husband, has badly mismanaged the franchise since he fired her as chief executive officer.

A June 22 date was set by Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon to hear arguments on the request, as well as a previous request by Jamie McCourt to compel Frank McCourt to turn over financial documents.

Gordon presided over the former couple's divorce trial and ruled that a post-nuptial agreement giving Frank McCourt sole ownership of the Dodgers was invalid, clearing the way for Jamie McCourt to seek half-ownership of the club under California's community property law.

Thursday's request was made less than a month after Commissioner Bud Selig appointed former Texas Rangers president Tom Schieffer to oversee the team after questions arose about the club's finances. According to media reports, Frank McCourt will be unable to make the player payroll at the end of the month.

Frank McCourt, however, has said that the club's finances would no longer be a problem if Selig would approve a $3 billion television rights deal McCourt struck with Fox. Selig has said he won't issue a decision on the rights deal until a thorough investigation into the club's finances is completed. There is no timetable on when that investigation will end.

Neither Jamie nor Frank McCourt attended the brief court hearing Thursday, but both sides stipulated to have Gordon conduct settlement talks prior to the next hearing.

According to The Associated Press, Jamie McCourt's attorneys said their client could no longer wait to see what may occur with the Dodgers.

"As I've said all along, my goal is to resolve this situation for my family in a way that also advances the best interests of the Dodgers fans, players and franchise," she said in a statement. "This motion will hopefully provide some momentum in the right direction."

Sorrell Trope, an attorney for Frank McCourt, said his client has no intention of selling the team.

MLB spokesman Pat Courtney declined to comment.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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