The Los Angeles Dodgers got approval Tuesday to enter into a $150 million bankruptcy financing arrangement in order to keep the team afloat, but it turns out that some team employees experienced the club's financial woes firsthand.
The paychecks of some part-time game-day staffers bounced, a Dodgers spokesman confirmed Thursday, but said it wasn't because the team didn't have enough money to cover them. The spokesman attributed the issue to the freezing of the Dodgers' accounts for 48 hours after the team filed for bankruptcy in Delaware on Monday.
It is unclear how many Dodgers employees were affected, but some security guards and ushers found their paychecks had bounced. The team spokesman said employees who have direct deposit accounts were not affected. The Dodgers reissued checks Wednesday to those who were affected and are reimbursing any bank fees incurred by the bouncing of the checks.
Dodgers owner Frank McCourt is embroiled in a battle to keep control of the franchise, amid speculation that Major League Baseball could soon seek to seize the team and put it up for sale.
MLB commissioner Bud Selig has been summoned by lawyers representing McCourt for depositions during the week of the MLB All-Star Game, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times, which cites a late Thursday bankruptcy court filing.
Six other current or former baseball executives have also been summoned, the Times reported.
The league has accused McCourt of siphoning off more than $100 million in revenue and driving the team into a liquidity crisis. The Dodgers said the league was trying to exert a stranglehold on the team.
The Dodgers have blamed their bankruptcy filing on Selig's refusal to approve a multibillion-dollar TV deal with Fox that McCourt was counting on to keep the franchise afloat.
In addition to the dispute with the league over financing, the Dodgers are facing a challenge from McCourt's estranged wife, Jamie, who is battling in a California divorce court for half of his ownership assets.
Information from ESPNLosAngeles.com's Tony Jackson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.