(Los Angeles, CA) — A bitter divorce trial set to begin in Los Angeles Superior Court today could determine the future of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Frank and Jamie McCourt purchased the Major League Baseball team in 2004. Judge Scott Gordon has to decide who owns the team now that the McCourts are calling it quits after nearly 30 years of marriage.
Frank is asking the judge to enforce a postmarital agreement that he claims would give him sole ownership of the Dodgers while making his ex-wife sole owner of the couple’s homes.
Jamie wants the judge to throw out the agreement. She claims her husband led her to believe the document was simply to protect the McCourts’ homes from creditors if the couple failed to turn around the Dodgers’ dismal finances. She also says Frank added the part about owning the team after she signed the document in 2004.
Frank has denied both accusations.
Judge Gordon will have 90 days to issue a ruling after the case wraps up later this month. If he sides with Jamie, the Dodgers would be considered community property and would likely be sold.
The future ex-Mrs. McCourt has suggested she might put together an ownership group to buy out Frank if that happens.