Judge wants quick hearing in Dodgers bankruptcy

September 30, 2011 - 5:10 PM

A Delaware bankruptcy judge is expecting baseball Commissioner Bud Selig and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt to testify at a hearing that could determine the fate of the team.

In a sharply worded order Friday, the judge scheduled four days of hearings starting Oct. 31.

The judge must decide whether the Dodgers' plan to auction off television rights to future games is in the best interest of the team, or whether Major League Baseball can dictate what the Dodgers can and cannot do.

Further details will be ironed out at a previously scheduled Oct. 12 hearing, but the judge denied the league's request to hear arguments that day on whether it should be allowed to file its own reorganization plan, which would force McCourt to sell the team.