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Dodgers Owner Frank McCourt Seeks Approval To Negotiate New TV Deal Before Selling Team

After the prolonged legal struggle between Major League Baseball and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, perhaps it's no surprise that there's yet another new wrinkle to the story.

McCourt, who has been ordered to sell his ownership of the team, is now attempting to negotiate a new deal for television rights to the Dodgers, reports Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. McCourt had been ordered to complete the sale of the team by April 30, 2012, which would allow the Dodgers to open the season under new ownership. Now McCourt, in an attempt to obtain the highest possible sale price, has asked the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to allow him to negotiate the sale of the team's television rights.

As you can imagine, this request isn't sitting well with Fox Sports, which currently owns the television rights to the team. They're hoping to contest McCourt's request, and a hearing is set for November 30. Obviously there is the potential that this new development could further delay the potential sale of the team, or result in an extension of the sale deadline. Hopefully, this new development will resolve itself as quickly as possible.

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