Time Warner Cable Inc. has won a contract to carry Los Angeles Dodgers games for at least the next two decades starting in 2014, snatching the games away from Fox Sports after this year's baseball season ends, according to a person familiar with the matter.
The deal has not yet been finalized, although it is to be announced within days, said the person, who was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday on condition of anonymity.
The Los Angeles Times earlier reported the nation's second-largest cable operator will pay around to carry the games.
A second person familiar with the situation said that Fox Sports, a division of News Corp., had been prepared to pay more than $6 billion for a 25-year deal to keep the Dodgers on its Prime Ticket regional sports network. But it lost the bidding war after its exclusive bargaining period ended in November. The second person was also not authorized to speak publicly.
(Blinking ours.) Zack Greinke is rich, Frank McCourt is richer, and Guggenheim Baseball Management is about to become the richest. A five billion-dollar profit? Hell, they'll be able to rehire Vladimir Shpunt!