Report: Time Warner pays $7B for Dodger games

Posted: January 24, 2013

TIME WARNER Cable has won a contract to carry Los Angeles Dodgers games for at least the next two decades starting in 2014, snatching the games away from Fox Sports, according to a source. The deal has not yet been finalized, although it is to be announced within days.

The Los Angeles Times earlier reported the nation's second-largest cable operator will pay around $7 billion to carry the games.

It is the second major sports rights deal in three years for Time Warner Cable, which bought the rights to Lakers basketball games and launched regional sports networks covering them last year.

Also, Sandy Koufax was named a special adviser to Dodgers chairman Mark Walter.

In other baseball news:

* The Reds will host the 2015 All-Star game at Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati's first since 1988, a source told the Associated Press.

* Utility player Mark DeRosa agreed to a 1-year, $775,000 contract with Toronto. The former Penn quarterback, 37, hit .188 last season with Washington.

* The Tampa Bay Rays added their second pitcher with a new name. The Rays agreed on a minor league contract with righthander Juan Carlos Oviedo, who played under the fake name Leo Nunez before an 8-week suspension by Major League Baseball last year for age and identity fraud. Last month the Rays signed righthander Roberto Hernandez, who had pitched under the name Fausto Carmona.

* St. Louis closer Jason Motte agreed to a 2-year, $12 million contract, avoiding salary arbitration.

Philly File * 

Bobby Acosta was named Widener's head football coach after 4 years as offensive coordinator at The College of New Jersey.

Geoff Brown resigned as Lakewood BlueClaws general manager to become the chief marketing officer for Rutgers' athletic department. The BlueClaws are a Phillies affiliate.

* Two seniors, Chestnut Hill's Mark DiRugeris (Woodbury, N.J.) and Wilmington's Isiah Mason (Cardinal Dougherty), were honored as Sam Cozen Players of the Week by the Philadelphia Small-College Coaches Association.

Sport Stops * 

Diane O'Meara, the woman whose photo was used as the "face" of the Twitter account of Manti Te'o's supposed girlfriend, says the man allegedly behind the hoax, Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, confessed and apologized to her the day broke the story. O'Meara, 23, told NBC's "Today" show the she went to high school in California with Tuiasosopo, but she says they're not close.

John Isner and Sam Querrey will join Bob and Mike Bryan on the U.S. team to play Brazil in the first round of Davis Cup World Group matches from Feb. 1-3 in Jacksonville, Fla.

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