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Angels negotiating new television deal with FOX Sports

Oct 14, 2011, 11:15 AM EDT

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For months now the Dodgers’ attempts to get a new television contract have made headlines, but Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels may be nearing a new TV deal of their own with FOX Sports.

According Shaikin in a recent court filing on behalf of MLB media consultant Ed Desser noted that “the Los Angeles Angels are expected to close a new transaction.”

Desser, the Angels, and FOX Sports declined to elaborate further, but a source told Shaikin that the two sides “have had dialogue about a new deal for an extended period of time.”

Shaikin speculates that the Angels might be able to secure a deal similar to the 20-year, $1.6 billion commitment FOX Sports gave the Rangers last year, which would be an increase of about $30 million per season compared to their current deal and could have a huge impact on the team’s future payroll.

  1. Joe - Oct 14, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    They gotta pay that Wells contract somehow.

    • Joe - Oct 14, 2011 at 11:48 AM

      They gotta pay that Wells contract somehow. They ain’t doing it with playoff money! EDIT FUNCTION

    • Kyle - Oct 14, 2011 at 12:19 PM

      Hahaha, beat me to it.

  2. bigleagues - Oct 14, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    The deal that Stuart Sternberg signed with SS/FSN is worth $20million (total) per year for a team that is in a Top 15 market on an RSN that is on virtually every cable system in 4th largest state in the country.

    Sometimes, you have to point the finger at yourself.

    • bigleagues - Oct 14, 2011 at 2:50 PM

      And the more I think of it, the more I believe that Sternberg never intended to keep the Rays in the Tampa area.

      Anyway, it seems that Moreno’s geographical re-identification plan is paying dividends. BUT, I’m wondering why the billionaire is electing to re-up with Fox Sports and not starting his own RSN.

      I am also curious to know why the Commissioner seems to believe that the Dodgers should have their own RSN yet the same standard apparently doesn’t apply to the other L.A. team.

  3. SmackSaw - Oct 14, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    Sweet! One more starting pitcher and stock the bullpen. Once Kendrys Morales, who can play third,comes back they’ll have plenty of offense.

    • bigleagues - Oct 14, 2011 at 2:53 PM

      Kendrys Morales was to be back in May.

      Perhaps its prudent to wait and see how well he’s moving around before pronouncing him your 3B.

  4. lazlosother - Oct 14, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Another suitor for CC?

  5. cosanostra71 - Oct 14, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    Kendrys won’t be the same when he comes back even if he finds a way to start staying healthy. What the Angels need more than anything is players who can get on base.

  6. hansob - Oct 14, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    I think the Twins are entering 2012 in the last year of their TV deal, which is a reported $12M TOTAL over 8 years. And the Twins TV ratings have been really solid this decade. top 10 in baseball. maybe even top 5 some years.

    I’d really like to see someone break down how exactly a regional sports network recoups $80M a year.

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