I'll get this out of the way up front: because of an unavoidable family obligation, I'm typing this from the airport and won't be back this week. I'll still be around here recapping the day's news and putting it all in perspective, and I don't think we'll miss a beat. As for more breaking-type updates, be sure to follow @molly_knight, as she'll continue owning the scene.
Frank McCourt took the stand again, and has not had a terrific day. While, to this point, there has been no smoking gun, revelations about both the MPA and the way he wants to run the Dodgers have stung.
This morning, Frank confirmed that he'd been given at least one copy of the California Agreement for review. A revision to Exhibit B of that document, Jamie says, clearly shows that Frank read the contested Exhibit A. Since B was revised but not A, the thinking goes, he must not have had a problem with the "exclusive" language.
I anticipate his team to counter that he did not make the revision; fixing a typo is something anyone can do, and that person may not have had the knowledge to notice the need for a substantial change. Boies' style flustered Frank for a time; he is well-versed in backing witnesses into a corner.
Larry Silverstein's absence continues to be disappointing, but the court cannot compel his testimony and it would be unwise for him to come on his own volition. From multiple attorneys on both sides, I've heard he's coming...and that he's not coming. He gets the Brett Favre treatment from me: I'll believe it when I see it.
The afternoon's testimony largely concerned Frank's long-term plans for the Dodgers, and fans won't like this either. Reducing player payroll was a significant part of his strategy to turn a profit from the Dodgers. Squaring that concept with all the money they took out of the team is a tough one. As the afternoon wears on, I'm sure Boies will continue to try to get additional damaging admissions into the record.
It is very important to remember than Jamie was always going to win this day. Susman will have a chance to do some rehabilitation, and then will have his own shot at Jamie. I'm very hesitant to make a judgment on who is winning until both have been on the stand. Until that happens, it's not a fair fight.
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