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Dodgers, Fox already informally talking new TV rights deal

Los Angeles DodgersThe Los Angeles Dodgers and Fox already informally discussed a new rights deal that calls for joint ownership of cable channels, with formal talks scheduled for October 15 and beyond.

The talks gave the Dodgers a baseline for what to expect in a new deal, as the team’s front office decided to run the Dodgers like a true major-market team, pulling off trades this season that adds almost $300 million in new payroll through 2018.

Fox and the Dodgers are committed to an exclusive six-week negotiating period beginning Oct. 15. Reuters is reporting the two sides are discussing a deal that would give the pair joint ownership of new English and Spanish language channels, a deal that could yield between $225 million to $375 million annually for the Dodgers.

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