- Associated Press - Thursday, May 19, 2011

LOS ANGELES — Ex-Los Angeles Dodgers CEO Jamie McCourt on Thursday asked a judge to order the sale of the team, saying her ex-husband has badly mismanaged the franchise since he fired her nearly two years ago and brought one of baseball’s most storied franchises to the “brink of financial ruin.”

The request comes less than a month after Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig appointed former Texas Rangers President Tom Schieffer to oversee the Dodgers after questions arose about the team’s finances.

A resolution in the Dodgers drama that began in late 2009, when Jamie McCourt filed for divorce, may be closer than once believed because of several factors:

• The resumption of settlement talks between both sides.

• Findings from the ongoing investigation by MLB.

• The inability of Frank McCourt to make the May 31 major league player payroll, according to baseball officials.

• And a June 22 hearing in front of Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon where he will hear arguments about why he should order the sale of the Dodgers.

Gordon presided over the former couple’s divorce trial that centered on the validity of a postnuptial marital agreement which gave Frank McCourt sole ownership of the Dodgers. Gordon deemed the 10-page document invalid and cleared the way for Jamie McCourt to seek half the team under California’s community property law.

Neither Jamie nor Frank McCourt attended a brief court hearing Thursday, but both sides stipulated to have Gordon oversee a possible settlement.

Outside of court, 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.”

MLB spokesman Pat Courtney declined to comment about Jamie McCourt’s request.

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

Frank McCourt has said in various media interviews that MLB should approve a 17-year television deal with Fox which could be worth more than $3 billion. He took out a $30 million loan from Fox earlier this year.

His attorneys said in a court filing that Jamie McCourt has hampered his ability to get a TV deal done because she has publicly said she owns half of the Dodgers and would veto any potential transaction.

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