Dodgers sue to keep Fox from blocking sale

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:50 PM ET

The Los Angeles Dodgers are suing Fox Sports to stop the broadcaster from interfering with plans to auction the bankrupt franchise.

Dodgers owner Frank McCourt ended a bitter battle with Major League Baseball over control of the team by agreeing Nov. 1 to dump the team. The plan was to sell future broadcast rights first as a way of increasing the team's value. The Dodgers' current TV contract says the team can't negotiate with any party other than Fox through Nov. 30, 2012.

In a lawsuit filed Wednesday, the Dodgers said Fox Sports had sent a "cease and desist" letter to the Dodgers' adviser who was running the media rights auction.


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