March 30, 2012
Call it the "Dodgers tax. " Pay-TV analysts expect Guggenheim Baseball Management, the investment group that paid an astronomical sum for the Dodgers, to recover at least part of its investment by charging a sky-high fee for the right to broadcast the team's games. With local stations and cable channels run by Time Warner Cable and News Corp. expected to get into a bidding war for those rights, the team is virtually guaranteed a multibillion-dollar contract - not unlike the one the Lakers won last year from Time Warner.
November 16, 2011 |
The Dodgers sued Fox Sports on Wednesday morning, alleging that the television company is trying to "interfere" with the sale of the team in bankruptcy. In a sharply worded court filing Wednesday night, Fox said it would ask that the Dodgers be dismissed from bankruptcy. In the process, Fox slammed Major League Baseball as "Prime Ticket's former ally" and claimed the only reason Dodgers owner Frank McCourt wants to sell the team's TV rights now is to put "value rightfully belonging to Prime Ticket in his own pocket.
October 22, 2011 |
Wondering if the kids from "Glee" will be out of high school — or at the very least, start shaving — by the time the 2015 Women's World Cup rolls around? Or the 2018 World Cup in Russia? Think of all the cross-promotional avenues from our friends at Fox, the media company emerging on Friday with the English-language rights to those tournaments, as well as the 2019 Women's World Cup and the 2022 World Cup. Close your eyes and you can practically hear "Don't Stop Believing" accompanying highlight footage of some gritty yet lovable underdog footballing side.
September 28, 2011 |
Fox Sports sued the Dodgers on Tuesday, trying to halt the proposed television rights sale that Frank McCourt says is his key to emerging from bankruptcy as the team owner. McCourt's strategy now faces at least two significant obstacles -- from Fox, which claims the Dodgers have breached their current cable contract, and from Major League Baseball, which has vowed not to approve any television deal that would leave McCourt in control of the Dodgers. Baseball also has asked the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to order the sale of the Dodgers.
September 16, 2011 |
Time Warner Cable has entered into a 15-year agreement with the California Interscholastic Federation to assume broadcast rights for regional and state championships in boys' and girls' sports effective this school year, CIF Executive Director Marie Ishida announced Thursday. No financial details were released. Time Warner is scheduled to broadcast at least 60 championship games via television and the Internet this school year and 80 in future years. Negotiations are still taking place with Time Warner to become involved in regular-season and section championship events.
June 27, 2011 |
The showdown has been brewing for months — now Frank McCourt and Major League Baseball will finally square off in a court of law with the future of the Dodgers at stake. The battle lines were drawn when the team filed for bankruptcy Monday and the beleaguered owner faces long odds, legal and sports business experts said. "To use sports parlance, this is a Hail Mary pass," said Marc Ganis, a sports consultant who acted as an advisor in the recent Chicago Cubs sale. "Hail Marys sometimes work, but very rarely.