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Wednesday, October 28, 2009
The McCourt Divorce: Reader’s Digest versionRecently-fired Dodger CEO Jamie McCourt filed for divorce from Dodger owner Frank McCourt yesterday. Or I should say alleged Dodger co-owner Jamie McCourt filed for divorce from alleged Dodger co-owner Frank McCourt, because ownership of the Dodgers is clearly the big deal here. If you're into this sort of thing you can read the papers here. If not, here are some of the highlights:
It goes on and on and on like that, complete with exhibits and stuff which bloat it to 137 pages. At the risk of going on that long myself, I'll stop now. But before I do, let me say one thing: don't ever, ever, ever get married, no matter what you do.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 12:01am
Re: the stuff on 37 of the PDF (asset transfer).
You don’t think her legal background nukes her “i was fooled by the paperwork” argument?
Posted 10/28 at 12:31 AM
How about allowing them some privacy? Just because you are a worthless excuse for a writer is no reason to trumpet this crap.
Try doing some research and providing a story with some merit. Unless that is beyond your abilities.
Posted 10/28 at 12:42 AM
APBA Guy said...
Wow, did Pylon slip over from NBC?
The ownership story is of interest, particularly as the expenses involved relate to ticket prices and attendance.
Here in Northern CA the previous A’s ownership had a private plane on which they allowed their daughter to fly back and forth to college in Arizona. Nice, and nobody much cared when they were winning.
Now that the A’s are losing with regularity and trumpeting their generosity at not raising ticket prices for 2010 (after 10 straight years of raises exceeding 100% in ticket cost), the cost of such “emoluments” directly affects the decline in attendance at Oakland due to outrageous prices versus the product on the field. It’s called perceived value.
So back to LA, seeing how the upper income stratum lives has always been sport for the middle and lower classes. To the extent that the financial details provide a window into how they view money and treat their agreements, it can and should impact decisions about attendance at an entertainment event.
Posted 10/28 at 01:35 AM
Aaron Moreno said...
“Jamie McCourt demands custody of Tommy Lasorda. Just kidding.”
Well, she does want “Dodger Legends available for events and speaking engagements without charge”
Posted 10/28 at 02:15 AM
Craig Calcaterra said...
Pylon: Not sure how reading and discussing a legal filing that is freely available for any person on the planet to read by simply walking into a public courthouse invades anyone’s privacy, but if you have some theories on that, by all means, share.
Josh: I find some of her language to that effect troublesome, but if what she says is true and Frank and the family lawyer were all in agreement that, wait, this didn’t effect our actual intent, let’s change it, and then held out, it may alleviate some of that. And while I’ll admit that this is an advocacy document designed to put her in the best light, there doesn’t seem to be anything suggesting that she received any consideration for signing away all of her property rights 25 years in to a marriage.
Obviously Frank gets his say, but I don’t find it plausible that she truly signed away everything in 2004 for no reason.
Posted 10/28 at 05:30 AM
“...don’t ever, ever, ever get married, no matter what you do.”
You know, it seems like I’ve been hearing variations on that particular theme quite a bit lately. Which is troubling. Because I just did. Get married. I’m sure me and the Missus won’t go the way of the McCourts and virtually every other couple I know. We’ve got somethin’ special, baby. Ain’t nobody like us.
Posted 10/28 at 06:39 AM
Craig Calcaterra said...
I think that’s just become the big joke, TC. I’m not even sure why I wrote it last night, because I don’t really believe it. I’ve been married for over fourteen years and, on the whole, think marriage is pretty nifty.
I think the real lesson is “don’t ever ever ever end a marriage by behaving like children incapable of being decent to one another.”
Posted 10/28 at 07:06 AM
On the double houses thing, they have them so that they can have affairs with Steve Phillips while the other one stays in the other house.
Posted 10/28 at 08:18 AM
Jason @ IIATMS said...
wing ding font. (laughs loudly)
Posted 10/28 at 08:30 AM
Andy L said...
Wow. I’m in my third year now and I have no idea whether we italicize or underline cases in Wisconsin. That seems bad. That’s bad, right?
Posted 10/28 at 08:31 AM
Craig Calcaterra said...
Actually, I was just going for the joke with that. I see both italics and underlines here in Ohio, and I’m guessing the same is true of Wisconsin. It’s more a firm-by-firm kind of thing in my experience.
Italics is way way better though, because italics are FANCY.
Posted 10/28 at 08:41 AM
John Willumsen said...
Wow, I like the stark simplicity on page 1. “You are being sued.” Not sure what I was expecting, “Hi. How’s it going? You should grab a seat. Comfortable? How about some coffee? No? Ok, let’s get right to it. Now don’t freak out or anything, but you’re being sued. I know, crazy right? Ok now, deep breaths…”? That’s all perfectly good language that I should expect to see on a legal document right?
In other news, congrats, Craig, on being bigger than the New York Times, Wallstreet Journal, Washington Post, LA Times, ESPN, etc. etc. etc.; all of which reported on the divorce but apparently none of which had the world-wide audience and large sphere of influence required for them to have burst the bubble of the McCourts’ privacy. No, sir, that was you. Also, seriously, we all know how easy it is to read and parse a 137 page legal document, so please do some real leg work next time? Seriously though, I get the idea that this is a personal thing for these folks, and we don’t really *need* to know about it, but a) my level of sympathy for people tends to dip a bit when they’re worth over a billion dollars, and b) when you’re a lawyer who writes about baseball, and there’s a legal proceeding going on that relates to baseball…well you see where I’m going with this.
Posted 10/28 at 08:44 AM
Here’s what I told my Finance (after I found out what a ring costs, I made the decision to use ‘finance’ instead of ‘fiance.’) one day: “Our love must be real, because it’s pretty obvious that neither of us are in this for the money.”
Posted 10/28 at 08:56 AM
Reading this felt kind of like ATH: The Divorce Edition.
Looking forward to reading ATH: The Letterman Bribery as well as ATH: The Michael Jackson Legacy.
Posted 10/28 at 09:00 AM
The late comedian Richard Jeni said it best:
“You reach your forties and you’re single; you have two choices, you can be lonely or you can be irritated.”
Posted 10/28 at 09:14 AM
Greg Simons said...
“What kills me though is that the next time there’s a labor impasse, Joe Fan is going to side with the owners and complain that the players are the greedy ones who make too much money to play a kid’s game.”
Amen to that. I never understand why people take that stance.
And shouldn’t “italics are FANCY” be written as “<,i> italics are FANCY</i>?”
Posted 10/28 at 09:15 AM
Greg Simons said...
Crap, screwed up my italics joke with a formatting error. FAIL!
Posted 10/28 at 09:16 AM
For what it’s worth, Craig, I think you’re a wortwhile excuse for a writer.
Posted 10/28 at 09:31 AM
That was awesome in its humor and its reminder that the world of law may be a lot of people wasting time but the world of RICH PEOPLE DIVORCING is even worse.
I laughed at least 18 times. But I’m tired. It may be worthless, I’m just not fully aware of it yet.
Posted 10/28 at 09:42 AM
Sounds like somebody was hitting the scotch and the keyboard at the same time last night.
Seriously though, nice work Craig. Vintage Shysterball from the Blogspot days, I say.
Posted 10/28 at 09:48 AM
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