Thursday, October 22, 2009
Lawyer: Jamie McCourt out as CEO
LOS ANGELES -- A lawyer for Dodgers CEO Jamie McCourt said she was fired Thursday by her estranged husband, team owner Frank McCourt, a day after the Dodgers lost the National League championship series.
Attorney Dennis Wasser said his client learned she was no longer employed by the Dodgers, who ended their season Wednesday after being bounced in the NLCS by the Philadelphia Phillies for the second straight year.
"Jamie is disappointed and saddened by her termination," Wasser said. "As co-owner of the Dodgers, she will address this and all other issues in the courtroom."
Frank McCourt's attorney, Marshall Grossman, declined to comment. A Dodgers spokesman said the team doesn't comment on personnel matters.
Last week the couple confirmed in a terse statement that they have separated. Jamie McCourt sat in the first row of the owner's box for Game 1 of the NLCS. Her husband was in the third row next to former Dodgers manager Tom Lasorda.
The McCourts have been married since 1979 and have four grown sons.
In March, Frank McCourt promoted his wife to chief executive officer of the team he gained ownership of in January 2004 after moving from his native Boston. The promotion made her the highest-ranking woman in Major League Baseball.
Jamie McCourt began as Dodgers vice chairman and was named team president in 2005.
There was no immediate word if the couple will divorce.
Dodgers manager Joe Torre has said that he didn't think the separation would affect the team.