Dodgers fans plan protest: A fan’s take

With the combination of off-field ownership drama and on-field ineptitude, Los Angeles Dodgers fans, like me, have had enough. With our team, one of the most historic in baseball, currently in bankruptcy and seemingly unable to win a game, fans have planned a public protest on July 9 outside Dodger Stadium that hoping to reach a national audience.

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The noon protest outside Dodger Stadium is timed to make the statement in front of a national audience, as the game that day against the San Diego Padres is Fox's MLB game of the week and scheduled for a 1:15 p.m. national broadcast. The message is clear, we love our Dodgers and want Frank McCourt to sell the team, while also blaming MLB and Commissioner Bud Selig for allowing this fiasco to happen in the first place.

Since the whole Dodgers situation is a joke, it makes sense that one of the event organizers has created a line of clothing called "Frankrupt"—a combination of embattled Dodgers owner Frank McCourt's first name and bankrupt. Another organizer of the rally is the website markcubansavethedodgers.com, an interesting blog, by a fan, for fans, that reaches out to Dallas Mavericks owner and entrepreneur Mark Cuban to step in and save the team.

Cuban was interviewed on tmz.com about the issue and confirmed he would love to own the Dodgers (Cuban has made several unsuccessful bids for other MLB teams in the past), but said Frank McCourt has done so many things to separate the Dodgers' assets that the situation may be impossible to fix. Cuban said it could take 20 years to get through all the complex financial and legal moves McCourt has made to separate every possible asset of the team, creating many smaller companies, not just one Dodger organization.

I believe these moves by McCourt were to help prevent a take-over or forced sale of the team and it may have worked. The Dodgers are one company. Dodger Stadium is another company. The Dodgers' parking operations are another company. Dodgers merchandising is another company, and so on. MLB may only have the right to take over the team itself, leaving essential assets like the stadium or parking lots firmly in McCourt's control.

Also, the flyer I received on Facebook reminds protesters "this is a peaceful protest" as we've seen the wrath of angry Dodger fans in other tragic events this season, like the post-opening day beating of a San Francisco Giants fan in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium.

F. Michael Sherman grew up in Philadelphia, which didn't make being a Los Angeles Dodgers fan easy. He has lived in Los Angeles for twenty years, now able to follow the Dodgers openly and attends games frequently. You can follow him on Twitter -@thefredsherman.

More from this contributor:

Fan's opinion: Frank McCourt bankrupts the Dodgers

Are fans boycotting Dodger games?

Dodger Stadium beating suspect sent to prison: A fan's reaction

Sources:

TMZ "Mark Cuban: I'll buy the Dodgers IF" from tmz.com

Facebook post from Frankrupt

Protest rally information page from markcubansavethedodgers.com

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Updated Friday, Jul 8, 2011