Judge Oks settlement between Dodgers, Fox Sports

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In opposing the settlement between the Dodgers and MLB and the media rights plan, Fox argued that a sale of the team itself without the media rights would generate enough money to pay Dodgers creditors in full without subjecting the team or its new owner to damages for breaching the existing contract with Fox.

“We look forward to working with new ownership on future television rights discussions,” Fox Sports said in a statement issued early Wednesday.

As part of the settlement, McCourt still owes Fox $30 million that he borrowed in April to make the team’s payroll. Fox also retains the right to object to any purchase of the team by any entity owned directly or indirectly by Time Warner Cable or affiliated with Time Warner.

Initial bids for the team are due by Jan. 23. Among potential buyers who have expressed interest in the team are groups that include former Dodgers players Orel Hershiser and Steve Garvey, former team manager Joe Torre, former owner Peter O’Malley and former general manager Fred Claire.

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AP Sports Writer Ron Blum contributed.

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