“In a court filing this week on behalf of Major League Baseball, Los Angeles sports media consultant Ed Desser said the Dodgers would be unlikely to succeed in launching a cable channel of their own, in part because they would not have “any other significant sports team” to join them. He noted that the Lakers are launching two channels of their own, the Pac-12 Conference is launching another for UCLA and USC, and the Kings and Clippers are bound to Fox.
“The Los Angeles Angels are expected to close a new transaction,” Desser said in the filing.
Desser declined to elaborate when reached by telephone, and spokesmen for both Fox and the Angels declined to comment.
However, Fox and the Angels have had dialogue about a new deal for an extended period of time, according to parties familiar with the conversations but not authorized to discuss them. No deal is imminent, the parties said.”
The Angels’ current contract with Fox runs through the 2015 season and averages $50 million per year.
Shaikin believes the Angels’ will use the Texas Rangers, 20-year, $1.6 billion contract as a blueprint and potentially land an ownership share of Fox Sports West.
Read it and weep, Frank McCourt.