Nikki Finke Says Fox Sports Set to Play Some Very Expensive Dodgers Ball

In between serving up the details on a very good Thanksgiving weekend at the box office for the Hollywood studios, Nikki Finke has cranked out a major sports beat scoop.

According to her Saturday post, a record deal is about to be consummated for the renewal of Dodgers TV broadcast rights, which are currently set to expire at the end of 2013:

Insiders tell me that Fox Sports is close to clinching the exclusive TV rights for the Los Angeles Dodgers by paying between $6 billion and $7 billion over 25 years to put the team on its regional sports network in Southern California and of course its national Fox Broadcasting Company. Fox already shows the games on its Prime Ticket local cable channel but also has Fox Sports West here…

Talks began October 15th and are set to expire on November 30th. My insiders think, barring any unforeseen obstacles, the Fox-Dodgers deal could clinch by Tuesday… I’m told a deal came “very close” to being done about a week ago “and then it went a little bit south”.

This being Finke and the Dodgers’ ownership being connected to The Hollywood Reporter, she can’t help but also take a shot at the “sheer greed” of Guggenheim Partners and the inevitable trickle-down effect on consumers. One reader divides the estimated $280 million annual price tag of this deal into 162 games to come up with the staggering amount of $1.7 million per Dodgers contest.

Read Finke’s full report here.

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