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McCourt attorneys back in court Wednesday

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Frank and Jamie McCourt filed for divorce 23 months ago. Nothing has been resolved, and no end to the case is in sight, but the attorneys are scheduled to argue Wednesday about who should pay their bills.

Jamie McCourt has asked that her ex-husband, Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, be ordered to pay $9.9 million toward her legal bills. Frank has asked the court to deny that request and to cut his monthly spousal support payments, which he said totaled $7.76 million over the last year.

Jamie has claimed that she cannot afford to pay her legal bills and that Frank has misrepresented his financial position to the court. Frank has claimed that he cannot afford to pay her legal bills and spousal support and that Jamie has misrepresented her financial position to the court.

The Dodgers’ bankruptcy proceedings, meanwhile, have slowed considerably. Bruce Bennett, the Dodgers’ lead bankruptcy lawyer, had said he would ask court permission to sell the team’s cable television rights at an Aug. 16 hearing, but he did not do so then and has put off the issue beyond the next scheduled hearing, set for Sept. 26.

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Bennett has declined to say why the television rights sale has been put off. The Dodgers are expected to operate under federal bankruptcy protection into the new year.

Frank McCourt has said revenue from the television rights sale would be crucial to the Dodgers’ emergence from bankruptcy. However, he also is exploring a sale of a minority share of the team, according to two people familiar with the situation but not authorized to discuss it.

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-- Bill Shaikin


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