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Dodgers Sale May Yield Record Price, New Headaches for MLB

Today’s deadline to submit initial bids for the Los Angeles Dodgers may bring a record price for a professional baseball team as a result of a process that Major League Baseball lawyers said could set an unwelcome precedent.

The bankrupt team and owner Frank McCourt won concessions from MLB, some of which are secret, that reduce the influence Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig can wield over the sale process. Selig’s office was so concerned about some of the terms that MLB lawyers insisted they remain confidential.