WILMINGTON, Del. The sale of the Dodgers to a group fronted by Lakers icon Magic Johnson was approved in U.S. Bankruptcy Court on Friday, despite strong objections from Major League Baseball.
In six hours of tense and contentious arguments, MLB tried to re-assert control over the Dodgers, saying the Commissioner Bud Selig should have control moving forward just as he would over any other team.
The Dodgers argued many of those decisions still belonged with the court under terms of a settlement reached earlier between MLB and outgoing owner Frank McCourt when he agreed to sell.
MLB attorney Thomas Lauria said the league was not trying to block the sale but wanted more information and time to review the deal because a number of the sales conditions appeared to be inconsistent with MLB rules. He also repeatedly complained that the recourse of a mediator enjoyed by the Dodgers was not fair to other owners. We dont want a league of the the Dodgers and 29 other teams, Lauria said.