According to several people I spoke with this weekend, and as has been ably reported by Bill Shaikin, Jamie McCourt is ready to drop her press for the Dodgers. This move essentially maps out the wind-down of the divorce, and ensures the team will stay in the McCourt name, even if Jamie doesn't. There are two primary motivating factors at work.
First, both McCourts have been clear about their desire for their four sons to own and operate the team. That, obviously, can't and won't happen if the Dodgers are sold in the divorce. It's been a bitter, contentious few months--if not years--but it appears both McCourts are now looking toward the future. And that future is certainly well served by putting personal discord aside and ensuring that the marriage's crown jewel--the Dodgers--is not sacrificed in the process.
Which brings us to money. A sale--court-ordered or otherwise--would devalue the team a great deal. It's a stressed asset at the moment, and neither McCourt would win if it had to be sold. Maybe the Dodgers will stay in the family for several generations, or maybe they'll sell out only a few years down the line. Either way, the point is the only smart move available is to keep the team in the family for now. Both McCourts know that, and that's precisely why there is so much momentum for a settlement now.
"Both McCourts." I think I've used that phrase more in this post than throughout the entire saga. While nothing is certain, and there are yet roadblocks ahead, it seems that both McCourts are interested in controlling their futures, rather than leaving them in the hands of the legal process. The only way they can guarantee the club stays in the family is to work together, and it looks like that's just what's happening.
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