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.


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26 Comments on "Dodgers Notes: Television Rights, Harang"


Triple Hawpes Brewed
3 years 7 months 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
3 years 7 months 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
3 years 7 months 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.”

3 years 7 months ago

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
3 years 7 months ago

dont forget about punto, izturis and cedeno

Homerj24
3 years 7 months ago

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

3 years 7 months ago

man I hated TheRIOT 

sherrilltradedooverexperience
3 years 7 months ago

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

3 years 7 months ago

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

ateam043
3 years 7 months ago

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

3 years 7 months ago

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
3 years 7 months ago

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

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

3 years 7 months ago

hahahaha! Colletti returns Henson to the Orioles as well.

3 years 7 months ago

hahahaha! Colletti returns Henson to the Orioles as well.

Gumby65
3 years 7 months ago

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

3 years 7 months ago

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

Gumby65
3 years 7 months 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
BlueSkyLA
3 years 7 months 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.

3 years 7 months ago

haha, must be lonely on that island with Ned. 

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Dodger blogs, check em out.. 

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

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
3 years 7 months ago

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

3 years 7 months ago

“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?

Gumby65
3 years 7 months ago

Hopefully Juan Uribe.

*grin*

Dan Franzen
3 years 7 months ago

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

3 years 7 months ago

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

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
3 years 7 months ago

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

Dan Franzen
3 years 7 months ago

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