Frank McCourt focused on meetings
PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. -- Frank McCourt, still in the midst of contentious divorce proceedings that may ultimately decide whether his continued ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers is financially viable, brushed past two reporters at baseball's quarterly owners' meetings on Wednesday without offering much in the way of a comment.
McCourt, who was on his way to a pre-dinner cocktail reception, answered the only question he was asked -- one about his ability to hold onto the club over the long term -- by basically not answering it at all.
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"Not really,'' McCourt said when asked if he was concerned. "I'm just focused on this meeting right now.''
Although there is widespread speculation that McCourt might not have the financial resources to continue to run the team once his divorce from his wife, former Dodgers chief executive officer Jamie McCourt, is settled, there are no indications at this point that McCourt has any intention of selling the team. Last month, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon ruled that the team belongs to both McCourts after ruling invalid a post-nuptial agreement the McCourts signed in 2004 that Frank McCourt claimed gave him sole ownership.
McCourt has made no public comments about the divorce since Gordon's ruling.
A Dodgers official said via text message on Wednesday night that he believes McCourt is planning to travel to Tucson on Thursday to attend the funeral for Christina-Taylor Green, the 9-year-old daughter of John Green, a national crosschecker in the Dodgers scouting department.
Christina Green was killed in the mass shooting that took place in the parking lot of a Tucson shopping center on Saturday in which U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) was severely wounded. That service is scheduled for 1 p.m., so it is unclear whether McCourt plans to attend the final session of the owners' meetings on Thursday morning.
Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.
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