Dodger’s owner, Frank McCourt fights for his wallet and his team

Natalie Hanks

It’s the classic American love story: Boy meets girl, boy marries girl, boy and girl get divorced and fight bitterly over assets.
Although divorce is more common than  Starbucks of recently, the public split concerning Frank and Jaime McCourt, the wealthy couple that co-owns the Los Angeles Dodgers, has made front-page news.
With each court hearing, more details of the couple’s lavish and lonely lifestyles become public. The McCourt’s had it all including a 30-year marriage, millions of dollars, multiple properties, and a major league baseball team.
Since the split, Jaime McCourt is demanding nearly one million dollars a month from her husband to continue her excessive marital lifestyle. She is also fighting for partial, legal ownership of the Dodgers.  
Frank McCourt’s team of lawyers fight this battle on all fronts even portraying Jaime as Marie Antoinette reincarnate. Additionally claiming that Frank’s annual income is a mere five million dollars to avoid her costly monthly demands.
I’m no economics major, but for a team that ranks number four in annual revenue among all major league teams, I’m guess Mr. McCourt has a tad more in his bank account than five million dollars.
Mrs. McCourt’s lawyers say that Frank’s income is well over eighteen million dollars and the lavish and excessive extent of their lifestyle was a joint effort. The court date to determine ownership of the Dodgers is set for Aug. 30.
This drawn out overly publicized circus is nothing more than a vicious mudslinging campaign to get more money. Stories like this make marriage seem like nothing more than a government contract if not a complete financial hassle.
Marriage seems more like a business negotiation than anything else. It’s no longer about love, commitment or families. Marriage has been reduced to numbers and paperwork.
I am disgusted that Jaime McCourt requires one million dollars a month to keep up with her ridiculously extravagant lifestyle. Do you know what one million dollars a month wired directly to Haitian orphanages would accomplish?
I am disgusted that Frank McCourt is lying about his income to keep money from his wife of 30 years. What happened to unconditional love and “what’s yours is mine”?
The case of the McCourt’s divorce is proving that although money can’t buy happiness, it surely can buy more money.


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