Fox still favorite for Dodger deal, but Time Warner Cable hanging around

The team's exclusive negotiating window with Fox expired in November, so why not check out the cable operator? LAT reports that the Dodgers and TWC met to discuss TV rights, though the Dodgers have been talking about a supersized $6-billion, 25-year contract. TWC has shown a willingness to spend big bucks on sports programming - it cut a $3 billion deal with the Lakers - but this one might be over the top. Of course, the Dodgers could also form their own cable channel, but that carries risks as well. From the Times:

Now it up to the Dodgers to make an offer to Fox by today (Friday). Fox Sports then has a month to make up its mind. If the Dodgers go with Fox Sports, a stake in Prime Ticket is likely to be part of the agreement. That may not be something Time Warner Cable can provide since the Lakers do not have an ownership stake in SportsNet. If the Dodgers did go with Time Warner Cable and receive a piece of the channel, the Lakers may want a stake as well.

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