According to this TMZ report, the McCourts' divorce has officially been docketed--we can drop the soon-to-be from ex-wife and -husband. While settlement talks remain confidential prior to Judge Gordon's ruling on the property issues in play, the TMZ report suggests the parties have been given an ultimatum: figure it out by the end of the month, or the decision will be made for you.
It looks like we're getting closer to finding out whether cooler heads truly can prevail before a decision renders them powerless to determine their own fate. At issue, of course, is just how to deal with ownership of the Dodgers in such a way as to allow the team to prosper and Jamie to get the money coming to her. Disposing the team is an unappealing option, for several reasons.
First, there's little indication either McCourt doesn't want the team to be in the family. It's a wealth-generating machine, and it has funded their lifestyle for over a half-decade. Further, selling the team would be to rob the asset of much of its value to the McCourts, as a variety of tax consequences would likely eat into the significant increase in value the team has seen since the McCourt purchase. Finally, a sale now would come at a low point, prior to the so-close-you-can-taste-it TV rights coming back to ownership.
Strictly from an operational perspective, the Dodgers have been pleasantly generous since the summer signing of first round pick Zach Lee. Resolving the core issue of the divorce--just who is going to own the Dodgers long-term--would provide much-needed stability as the major league roster appears destined for a massive overhaul over the next couple seasons.