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Dodgers bankruptcy complicates divorce

The Los Angeles Dodgers were forced to file for bankruptcy protection in a move that Dodgers owner Frank McCourt said was caused by Major League Baseball’s refusal to approve of a media transaction between the team and Fox television.

The bankruptcy is likely to further complicate the divorce proceedings between McCourt and his wife, Jamie, who have been locked in a bitter dispute regarding ownership of the Dodgers. The McCourts had recently reached a settlement that would have allowed Frank McCourt to retain ownership of the team if MLB Commissioner Bud Selig had approved of the long-term Fox contract.

McCourt reportedly planned on using at least $10 million of the proceeds to pay Jamie, as well as for personal use, according to the New York Post.

In a statement, Frank McCourt said Selig “turned his back on the Dodgers” by denying the television contract, which reportedly would have solved the team’s financial struggles.

“I simply cannot allow the Commissioner to knowingly and intentionally be in a position to expose the Dodgers to financial risk any longer. It is my hope that the Chapter 11 process will create a fair and constructive environment to get done what we couldn’t achieve with the Commissioner directly,” McCourt stated.

Under the Chapter 11 filing, the salaries and benefits of Dodger employees will be paid and the team will operate within their existing budget to sign and acquire players. Ticket prices and other stadium amenities will also be maintained.

Man blames TV Show for broken marriage

A New York man who appeared on Jerry Seinfield’s NBC reality show “The Marriage Ref” has sued the comedian and show, claiming that after appearing on the program his wife became so obsessed with becoming a star that it broke up their marriage.

The defendant, Howie Kohlenberg, appeared on the show with his wife, Christine, in a March 2010 episode with a celebrity panel featuring Seinfield, Eva Longoria and Tina Fey. Kohnlenberg claims he and Christine were happily married before the show but were struggling financially due to their now-defunct Manhattan spa.

“We did it to drum up some business,” he told the New York Post of their decision to appear on the program. “They promised to promote the spa on air. They didn’t.”

Kohlenberg went on to tell the newspaper that producers encouraged the couple to bicker for the camera and that during the filming process Christine became obsessed over becoming a reality television star. After their segment aired, Christine reportedly landed a small part in the comedy “Chakra Love” where she met a producer and subsequently ran away with him to Canada.

Kohlenberg was left with a sour view on reality television.

“They make you jump through hoops, the bottom line is they don’t [care]. You’re just another number.”

For his part, Seinfield did not seemed perturbed about the lawsuit when questioned by reporters about the case.

“I love it, I love, I love it!” Seinfield, who is co-creator of “The Marriage Ref” told the New York Daily News. “When people get upset I enjoy it.”