Frank McCourt is associated with only bad things in Los Angeles and with Dodgers fans. When we think of him, we think of mediocre teams. We also think of ridiculous costs to park at the stadium and the rise in tickets and concession prices. To put it bluntly, we do not like Frank McCourt in these parts.
And now, nearly a decade after watching the Dodgers under new ownership, McCourt is once again ruining a franchise. This time it is a soccer club in France, Olympique de Marseille. Passionate fans of the team are taking to social media today to voice their displeasure with McCourt and the ownership and calling for a sale of the team. This tweet has made its way around twitter all morning, and it’s interesting how much it mirrors the McCourt era Dodgers.
Under McCourt’s ownership, Marseille has apparently become a money grab. Fans of the team see no growth and no future for the team under McCourt’s 95 percent ownership. Sounds familiar, right? If you’ve been a Dodgers fan long enough, you remember what it was like to be so frustrated with the team under his control.
McCourt bought the team with money he didn’t have and it showed over the course of his ownership. He and his wife drained the team for every penny they had, so much so that MLB had to step in and force him out of ownership. In 2011, the Dodgers somehow managed to be $400+ million in debt at a time when any team should have been profitable.
All we can say to fans of the Marseille team is, good luck.