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TURNER UNLIKELY TO PUT KIBOSH ON MURDOCH/DODGERS DEAL?
Published September 15, 1997
While News Corp. Chair Rupert Murdoch's offer to buy the Dodgers still faces "formal scrutiny" by MLB owners, the transaction "is already beginning to look like a done deal," according to Hiltzik & Newhan of the L.A. TIMES. Hiltzik & Newhan: "[N]o concerted opposition has emerged among the owners. ... They will probably take a final vote on the deal by the end of the year." The only teams "to have openly expressed concerns about the deal" are the Padres and Giants. Padres Owner John Moores "is concerned" that any increase in the number of Dodger games on TV could "cut into his team's attendance," while the Giants have expressed "similar sentiments." While Murdoch and Time Warner Vice Chair Ted Turner have feuded publicly in the past, "at least one Turner confidant said last week that he would not be surprised to see Turner abstain or vote against the Dodgers deal 'just to be ornery' if his vote would not be deciding. He might, however, be less likely to cast a 'nay' vote that would actually kill the transaction" (L.A. TIMES, 9/14).