Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/16/14

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30: Frank McCourt leaves Los Angeles County Superior Court after day one of a non-jury divorce trial on August 30, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. The trial, being presided over by Judge Scott M. Gordon in California Superior Court, is to decide whether Frank McCourt is the sole owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team or his estranged wife and former Dodger CEO Jamie McCourt still has ownership stake in the team. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
The Dodgers head into a new season nearing the end of the Frank McCourt era, with a sale of the team scheduled to be finalized by the end of April. It will be a welcome change for the front office, the team and its fans, who stayed away in droves in 2011 when off-the-field developments overshadowed anything Clayton Kershaw, Matt Kemp and the Dodgers did on it. As owner, McCourt fought with his former wife, Jamie; Commissioner Bud Selig; and his creditors, tying up the team's purse strings. ''It will be good to get another chapter going,'' general manager Ned Colletti said. ''These have been a different couple of years, but change is coming.'' McCourt gets to select the winner of the bankruptcy auction from among potential ownership groups cleared by Major League Baseball. The sale is due to be closed April 30, coinciding with the deadline for him to make a $131 million divorce settlement payment to Jamie. The team's future finances will be determined by new ownership, while Coll...
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