Selig comments on Dodgers' payroll situation

Selig comments on Dodgers' payroll situation

Selig comments on Dodgers' payroll situation
CHICAGO -- Commissioner Bud Selig called the Dodgers' unsettled ownership situation "historic," and declined to discuss what action MLB will take if the club is unable to fund the player payroll that is due at the end of the month.

"We've moved in in other places," Selig told the Associated Press before giving a commencement speech to students at the Medical College of Wisconsin. "This is historic. But I don't really have anything else to say."

Selig indicated that by appointing former Texas Rangers President Tom Schieffer to monitor the Dodgers' business and investigate the team's finances, MLB is doing what's necessary until a long-term solution is found.

"We've done what we have to do up to this point, and there's no other comment," Selig said.

In addition to a cash crunch that team owner Frank McCourt has confirmed, he and ex-wife Jamie continue a court fight to determine ownership. Jamie McCourt asked a judge in Los Angeles on Thursday to put the Dodgers up for sale. Frank McCourt has asked the judge to approve a media deal with FOX for $3 billion that he said would resolve the club's financial issues. Frank McCourt has insisted he will not sell the club.

A June 22 hearing on the issues has been scheduled in Superior Court in front of Judge Scott Gordon, who also presided over the former couple's divorce trial. Gordon earlier ruled that a post-nuptial agreement giving Frank McCourt control of the team was invalid.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.