Dodgers Notes: Television Rights, Harang

A United States Bankruptcy Judge ruled today that the Dodgers will be allowed to sell their television rights along with the team, writes Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. The team's current deal with FOX prevents them from negotiating with another broadcasting outlet before November 30th, 2012. However, owner Frank McCourt argued that an accelerated sale of the TV rights would mean a higher sale price for the franchise and more cost certainty for bidders. Judge Kevin Gross agreed that an accelerated sale would benefit the Dodgers and their creditors, though FOX is expected to appeal the decision.

Here are the rest of this evening's Dodgers notes:

  • GM Ned Colletti believes the team has improved since season's end, but he isn't done yet, as he tells MLB.com's Ken Gurnick: "There's also more work to do. We're by far a finished product. Take the rest of the winter off? No."
  • Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times has the salary details of Aaron Harang's backloaded two-year contract. Harang will earn $3MM in 2012 and $7MM for 2013, and has a vesting option for 2014 that depends on innings pitched. The option, which can be bought out for $2MM if it doesn't vest, could pay Harang as much as $8MM in '14.


26 Responses to Dodgers Notes: Television Rights, Harang Leave a Reply

  1. Triple Hawpes Brewed 4 years ago

    “We’re by far a finished product. Take the rest of the winter off? No.”

    FAIL, the first line means they’re done.

    • Luke Adams 4 years ago

      Yeah, not sure if that was Colletti misspeaking, or a typo in Gurnick’s piece. I assume he means “far from” or “not by far.”

    • Luke Adams 4 years ago

      Yeah, not sure if that was Colletti misspeaking, or a typo in Gurnick’s piece. I assume he means “far from” or “not by far.”

  2. Ned is right. He’s not done yet. There are still middle infielders out on the market right now. He’s waiting to hear from David Eckstein that he intends to play next season, then he’ll sign him along with Craig Counsell and Yuniesky Betancourt.

    • goredsgo 4 years ago

      dont forget about punto, izturis and cedeno

      • Homerj24 4 years ago

        The Cards will likely non-tender Theriot a contract too. Ned will splooge himself if he can reunite.

        • man I hated TheRIOT 

        • sherrilltradedooverexperience 4 years ago

          Ned played Theriot correctly.
          He flipped him for Hawksworth, who’s still controllable and useful.

  3. The dodgers have to make a big move today! Seems like rest of LA teams did something big today!

    • Ateam043 4 years ago

      I agree. They might get Piazza, Mondesi, and Karros out of retirement.

  4. He fleeced the Orioles today, what else does he need to do this offseason?
    Unbelievable some teams spend money like drunken sailors to get what they want. The Orioles on the other hand get hosed by the opposition we and then thank them for it. Duquette should be fired!

    • sherrilltradedooverexperience 4 years ago

      “…what else does he need to do this offseason?”

      Take Harang, Capuano, and Adam Kennedy to the “returns” section of the store?

  5. Gumby65 4 years ago

    Still more work to do:  Launch McCourt somewhere in next Mythbusters gig.

  6. Do not trade any prospects, please.. do not trade Bills, please

    • Gumby65 4 years ago

      Not happening, especially when they had to do as good as they could when filling out rotation.  It’s not in best interests to dump assets in midst of impending sale unless it is a small market team with serious cash issues.  That said, McCourt is still in charge, but if he knows any better… Last year, including Bills in a trade with a prospect or two for Greinke would have made sense but that opportunity isn’t there right now.

      • BlueSkyLA 4 years ago

        Now, now, it’s alway possible to come up with a worst case scenario, especially when you don’t have to convince anybody but youself of its plausibility.

        • haha, must be lonely on that island with Ned. 

          Truebluela, MSTI, Sonsofstevegarvey

          Dodger blogs, check em out.. 

          YOU ARE THE MINORITY, please start rooting for where ever Neds ends up please 

          • BlueSkyLA 4 years ago

            Another brilliant non-sequitur reply. You should get that patented.

      • “It’s not in best interests to dump assets in midst of impending sale unless it is a small market team with serious cash issues.”

        Umm he just tried to get Daniel Murphy, what exactly would he have given up?

  7. Dan Franzen 4 years ago

    The judge was Kevin Gross? Didn’t he play for the Dodgers? :)

    • No. Hence the word “Judge” do you know what it takes to be a Judge?

      • BlueSkyLA 4 years ago

        Actually Kevin Gross did pitch for the Dodgers. Wearing black robes, as I recall.

      • Dan Franzen 4 years ago

        I sincerely hope you didn’t think I was being serious.

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