Time Warner Cable Mulls Bid for L.A. Dodgers TV Rights (Report)

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The second-largest U.S. cable operator previously struck a 20-year deal for LA Lakers basketball games.

NEW YORK - Time Warner Cable is considering bidding for the rights to broadcast Los Angeles Dodgers baseball games Bloomberg News reported.

The second-largest U.S. cable operator, which has a strong presence in LA and other parts of California, previously struck a 20-year deal for LA Lakers basketball games.

Bloomberg reported that TW Cable would look for a long-term Dodgers deal similar to the contract it signed with the Lakers earlier this year. It would most likely add the Dodgers games to its regional sports network that will begin broadcasting Lakers games during the 2012-2013 season, it said, citing a person familiar with the situation.

The Dodgers’ TV rights through 2013 are owned by News Corp.’s Fox, which airs the games on a regional sports network. Fox has said that it has the exclusive right to strike a new deal until Nov. 2012.

After the LA baseball team filed for bankruptcy this summer, owner Frank McCourt agreed to sell the Dodgers and media rights to games to end a dispute with MLB commissioner Bud Selig.

A TW Cable representative declined to comment.

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