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Fox Objects to Dodgers’ Hiring of Blackstone for Rights Sale

News Corp.’s Fox Sports asked a U.S. bankruptcy judge to stop the Los Angeles Dodgers from hiring Blackstone Group LP (BX) to help the baseball team arrange a cable- television rights deal.

Fox Sports New West 2 LLC, which does business as Prime Ticket, said in a filing today in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware that it has the rights to the games through the 2013 season and that its agreement with the Dodgers includes a negotiation timeline that conflicts with the proposed hiring of Blackstone to sell the rights.

“The current employment of Blackstone for that purpose is premature, and such employment should be denied or deferred,” lawyers for Fox Sports said in the filing.

Bruce Bennett, a lawyer for the Dodgers, didn’t immediately return a call to his office seeking comment.

The Dodgers filed for bankruptcy last month after Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig named a monitor to oversee the team’s day-to-day operations and rejected a proposed television-rights deal with Fox Sports. News Corp. (NWSA) and Blackstone are both based in New York.

The bankruptcy case is In re Los Angeles Dodgers LLC, 11- 12010, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Delaware (Wilmington).

To contact the reporter on this story: Edvard Pettersson in Los Angeles at epettersson@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net.

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