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The Los Angeles Dodgers are a Major League Baseball team, who play in the National League Western Division. The Dodgers have a long and storied history in baseball, most of which did not come while playing in Los Angeles. From 1932 through 1957, they were known as the Brooklyn Dodgers playing in New York's most populous borough. There time in Brooklyn even stretches far before 1932, when they were known by many different names, but it was as the Dodgers that New York fans began their love affair with the team. The most important moment in team history, and sports history, was when Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier as a member of the Dodgers. From his first game through today and into the future that momentous moment will be remembered.
When the team moved to the West Coast, they had to re-establish a fan base and did that by winning on the field. Players like Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, Kirk Gibson and Fernando Valenzuela helped grow the team in L.A., but during times with less than stellar star-power, the team did not sell tickets as well in the celebrity-driven town. But in 2008, the Dodgers got the celebrity that brought fans to the park in Manny Ramirez. Sales for the team and the secondary market will undoubted get a Manny-bump over the life of his contract.
Summary by Dan Reynolds, Ticketnews:
PRESS RELEASE: "Crowd Seats Sells Out First Sports Ticket Daily Deal"
LOS ANGELES, CA (BUSINESS WIRE) – Crowd Seats has sold out their first Sports Ticket Deal. The first Daily Deals Site for Sports Tickets offered their first deal in Los Angeles on Thursday, August 18th and sold out before the deal expired.
With flagging performance and ticket sales, loss of control of day-to-day operations and a bankruptcy filing, this summer has seen the further deterioration of a team that was once one of the premier franchises of Major League Baseball (MLB).
And now, it looks like the Los Angeles Dodgers are the target of a two-pronged boycott by frustrated fans.
Fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers got another reminder of their team's suddenly secondary status in Major League Baseball this past Sunday, July 31.
As the trade deadline came and went, the Dodgers — mired in fourth place in the National League West at 48-59, 12½ games out of first — added only a pair of minor leaguers in a three-way trade with the Boston Red Sox and Seattle Mariners, while dealing starting shortstop Rafael Furcal to the St. Louis Cardinals.
Summer has begun and business is heating up for Major League Baseball, which sold more than 1.64 million tickets last weekend (Friday, June 17 through Sunday, June 19) — its biggest weekend since September 2008 — and is closing in on the pace it set last year, when 73.06 million tickets were sold.
But if MLB is going to reverse a three-year trend of declining ticket sales since a record 2007, it will likely have to overcome acres of empty seats in some of the biggest markets in the National League, such as New York and Los Angeles.
For decades, the Los Angeles Dodgers were the closest thing Major League Baseball had to a monarchy — a family-run team that preached patience and continuity and carried itself in regal fashion. From 1954 through 1995, the Dodgers had two managers, and under Walter Alston and Tommy Lasorda, they won six World Series and 11 National League pennants while reaching the playoffs 14 times and suffering through just eight losing seasons.
Now, the Dodgers are a sporting synonym for chaos, with almost as many managers since 1996 (seven) as playoff wins (nine).
This week's court ruling, which basically invalidated a Marital Property Agreement (MPA) contested by divorced Los Angeles Dodgers owners Frank and Jaime McCourt, brings the former couple one step closer to possibly selling the team and opens the door to potential buyers waiting in the wings.
Frank had campaigned for months in court proceedings and mediation to uphold his version of the MPA, commonly known as the "Massachusetts MPA." This document, signed by the former couple in 2004, asserts that the Dodgers and related interests belong to Frank only.
News of the ongoing high-stakes divorce battle between team owners Frank and Jamie McCourt in recent weeks has led to speculation about the possibility of price hikes for Los Angeles Dodgers tickets in 2011. Actually, it seems that nothing much at all will happen with prices for next season, as the team went 80-82 this past season for their first losing campaign since 2005.
Earlier this week, the club announced season and regular ticket prices for next year, and for the most part, there will be little change in prices compared to the 2010 season.
Frank and Jaime McCourt have spent over a week in court trying to come to some resolution on part of their divorce settlement, specifically whether or not Jaime can claim half ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers. With Jaime’s side able to raise some doubts last week about Frank’s account of the history of the Marital Property Agreements signed over the years, both parties entered into mediation on September 24. The first day of mediation reportedly was unsuccessful, and the couple headed back to court today, September 27, to fight it out for another week.
As Frank and Jamie McCourt’s divorce winds its way through the California legal system, new details about the Los Angeles Dodgers’ business plan are emerging -- details that could spell trouble for fans and ticketers alike.
According to court documents submitted by Jamie McCourt, the Dodgers organization plans to increase ticket prices steadily until by 2018 they have nearly doubled their 2007 cost, the Los Angeles Time reported.