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Dodgers primed as MLB's next superpower

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08:18 AM ET 02.13 | MLB's penthouse is getting a little more crowded these days. [The Dodgers'] $40-million-a-year local TV rights expire after the 2013 season, and the expectation is that the next deal will exceed $200 million annually. ... So in just a matter of months, the Dodgers likely are to vault into the superpower realm -- a class of teams that lurk as arguably the most worrisome problem for the sport going forward. At the beginning of this century, there was just one superpower. Then the Red Sox joined the Yankees. The Phillies were next to the party. Now, fueled by local TV dollars, the Angels and Rangers have separated from the pack. The Dodgers can be next.

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February 13, 2012  08:32 AM ET

Now they just need a GM who knows what to do with that cash.

February 13, 2012  09:12 AM ET

You can expect anything you want, but the reality is that the networks can only make money if advertisers are willing to pony up the money for viewership; seriously, who's watching the Dodgers in LA? More Americans watch Real Housewives or Dancing with the Stars than bleed Dodger blue.

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February 13, 2012  10:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

You can expect anything you want, but the reality is that the networks can only make money if advertisers are willing to pony up the money for viewership; seriously, who's watching the Dodgers in LA? More Americans watch Real Housewives or Dancing with the Stars than bleed Dodger blue.

Given the fact that they operate in the same market and enjoy at least as much popularity (probably much more nationally) than the Angels, I think the recent TV contract Moreno got is a reasonable litmus test for what the Dodgers could get.

Three billion dollars over twenty years. That's $150m per year, so I wouldn't think $200m per for the Dodgers is too much of a stretch.

February 13, 2012  10:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

You can expect anything you want, but the reality is that the networks can only make money if advertisers are willing to pony up the money for viewership; seriously, who's watching the Dodgers in LA? More Americans watch Real Housewives or Dancing with the Stars than bleed Dodger blue.

As someone who lives in LA, I'll tell you...everyone. Despite what folks outside of this area think, the INSTANT the Dodgers become relevant again, they will leave the Angels in the dust. Angelenos are just waiting for a reason to love their Dodgers again. Oh, and relative to your earlier post about KARMA, this dbag McCourt is someone who needs to get bit by karma...

February 13, 2012  11:21 AM ET

GO DODGERS!!

February 13, 2012  11:43 AM ET

Thank you steinbrenner for showing how to exploit local cable revenues. He made baseball owners wealthier, and MLB players too.

February 13, 2012  01:00 PM ET
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Not as long as McCourt owns them.

the dodgers could be the next top riches team, only if the MLB, its able to get McCrook out of dodgers stadium, it would be very difficult, lets not forget that mcCrook owns the parking lot!~!!!!!!

February 13, 2012  01:28 PM ET

McCrook would be a stumble rock for the dodgers to be able to get a TV deals wonder why??? macrook its expecting to get a few big bites from those deals from the TV deals!!!

 
February 13, 2012  06:28 PM ET
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it would be very difficult, lets not forget that mcCrook owns the parking lot!~!!!!!!

The "parking lot" is where the new stadium will be built for the new or existing NFL team.

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