The Dodgers have invited Fox Sports to take a lesser role in the team's television future, according to two people familiar with the matter but not authorized to discuss it.
The Dodgers have reached agreement with Time Warner Cable on a television contract believed to be worth between $7 billion and $8 billion to the team. The deal, in which the Dodgers will launch a team-owned channel that will carry the Dodgers name, is expected to be announced shortly.
Mark Walter, the Dodgers' controlling owner, met with Major League Baseball officials Thursday in New York. The Dodgers would like to reach agreement with the league on how much of that money must be contributed to other teams through the MLB revenue-sharing program. However, the team is prepared to take the matter to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, which has final say as part of a settlement between the league and former owner Frank McCourt.
Fox Sports has not had formal discussions with the Dodgers since the team reached agreement with Time Warner Cable. It is unclear exactly what the Dodgers might propose to Fox or whether the Time Warner Cable contract would need to be modified in any way.