Friday, December 23, 2011

McCourt Gets Fox-Blocked

Accelerating the sale of the Dodgers' television rights? Not so fast, says the judge.

A federal district court judge Friday granted a request by Fox Sports to stop, for now, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ sale of their TV rights and wrote that a lower court might have erred in letting the process begin.

The Dodgers had received the go-ahead by a federal bankruptcy court judge earlier this month to start marketing their future television rights about a year before their current contract with Fox allowed.

In appealing the bankruptcy court’s decision, Fox Sports, whose Prime Ticket channel has a deal to carry Dodgers games through 2013, wanted to prevent the Dodgers from shopping their next contract to any of Fox’s competitors any earlier than Nov. 30, 2012.

Oh, sure, the Dodgers will appeal. But can we at least please make sure this all resolves before April? Please?