After his Dodgers picked up a nice win in Florida, Frank McCourt met with baseball officials in New York and came out swinging in remarks to reporters. He said he presented a finished deal with Fox for TV rights that would bring the Dodgers $300 million now and "in excess of" $3 billion over 17 years, but that Commissioner Bud Selig rejected it. The commissioner's office said that the Fox deal has not been acted on, and won't be until the investigation of Dodger finances ordered by Selig is finished.
From the L.A. Times:
In an extraordinary 45-minute news conference that almost certainly foreshadowed a legal battle over control of the team, McCourt accused Commissioner Bud Selig of having a "predetermined" agenda to force him from ownership, including Selig's appointment of a trustee to oversee the Dodgers' business operations and finances.
"Somebody coming in to run my business? I'm not going to accept that," McCourt said....
Rob Manfred, the executive vice president who led the MLB delegation that met with McCourt, issued a statement that said McCourt's public recounting of the meeting was "not accurate."
Selig did not attend the meeting and has not met with McCourt, in part out of concern that any of his remarks could be used against him in a lawsuit.
"I suspect the commissioner calls the other 29 owners back when they call," McCourt said.