The only reason Bud denied the Dodgers new TV contract with FOX was to freeze McCourt of the deal so he couldn't afford to keep the Dodgers. That NEVER would've happened if it was business as usual. There are really three ways the new Dodgers TV deal could go: 1) Resign with FOX 2) Sign with TWC 3) Launch a new full-time Dodgers RSN. It will most likely be either FOX or TWC as those two will be in a bidding war that will ensure the Dodgers are the big winner in the end.
Spot on. Saying that Bud Selig has issues with Fox shows no understanding of the relationship between Fox and MLB, both on the regional and national level.
TWC may well land the Dodgers, but the involvement of Magic Johnson certainly won't swing the deal in TWC's direction. It's all about money, and Fox can't lose the Dodgers at this point without gutting one of their LA based RSNs. So, the Dodgers are worth more to Fox than TWC.