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TURNER UNLIKELY TO PUT KIBOSH ON MURDOCH/DODGERS DEAL?

          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).

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