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Heirs of Frank Sinatra Step Up to Plate, Seek Role for Season Ticket Holders in Dodgers Bankruptcy

Posted Aug 16, 2011 6:33 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A judge overseeing the Delaware bankruptcy case of the Los Angeles Dodgers now has a new issue to resolve, reports Reuters:

Should season ticket holders, to whom the heirs of Frank Sinatra, a famous fan of the baseball team, have added their voice, be allowed to speak for themselves in the case?

Sinatra held a season ticket since 1958, when the team moved from Brooklyn, N.Y., to Los Angeles, where he was based as a singer and actor, according to a court filing. Before died in 1998, he was known for stopping by the clubhouse.

The team opposes giving a season ticket holders committee a formal role in the Chapter 11 case, arguing that it isn't necessary.

But professor Anthony Sabino , who teaches law and business classes at St. John's University, says a season ticket holders committee would be appropriate.

"The season ticket holders are the voice of all fans and therefore deserve a seat at the table," he states. "One could even say they are the lifeblood of a franchise."

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