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Written by Maury Brown   
Friday, 17 June 2011 10:13


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After the judge granted the sides an extension yesterday, current Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and his estranged wife Jamie have reached a divorce settlement. That deal will most certainly include the Dodgers, which Jamie has pushed to have Frank sell.

With California being a community property state, the judge in the divorce proceedings had ruled that Jamie was entitled to ownership of the Dodgers.

That’s been the sticking point, as Judge Scott Gordon gave the two till 8:30am this morning to reach a settlement. Co-ownership of the club is deemed to be a non-starter, and so the only option available will be for the Dodgers to be sold and the proceeds from the sale would be split.

The question will be, how much of the Dodgers might be put up for sale? It's possible that there could be an attempt to hold on to certain aspects of the organization, including Dodger Stadium or the land surrounding it.

Another aspect is to settle using money from the FOX television deal that McCourt has been trying to broker, but that MLB has voided, a very long shot in that MLB would be expecting money from the deal to go back into the Dodgers, not used as part of a divorce settlement.

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