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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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