Fox: Negotiating Dodgers TV Rights Early Harms Company

9:53 AM PST 12/23/2011 by George Szalai

“We are injured every time we have to sit down and negotiate,” a Fox attorney said.

News Corp.'s Fox Sports told a federal judge that it would be negatively affected if forced to negotiate early TV rights with the bankrupt LA Dodgers baseball team, Bloomberg News reported.

“We are injured every time we have to sit down and negotiate,”  Fox attorney Catherine Steege said in court, according to Bloomberg.

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Fox Sports is hoping to block an early sales process for the Dodgers' media rights that is expected to start in January. Fox holds the broadcast rights for games through next year.

The conglomerate's Fox Sports was in court Thursday in an effort to persuade a district judge to temporarily halt the Dodgers’ attempt to sell its TV rights months early based on a bankruptcy court judge's decision that the team can do so, Bloomberg said. Fox Sports is appealing that decision.


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The Dodgers and their creditors have argued in court that Fox wouldn’t be harmed simply by talking to the Major League Baseball franchise.

The judge ended Thursday's hearing without ruling and without saying when he decide on the issue.

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