This was just reported today on Bloomberg.com:
Major League Baseball is close to approving the Los Angeles Dodgers’ planned regional sports network in time for next season, preserving a major part of the record purchase of the club.
“That process is at a point where it’s pretty clear there will be approval of the Dodgers’ arrangement well before the 2014 season starts,” baseball’s Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred said during an interview at the league’s New York headquarters.
Manfred wouldn’t give details on what remained to be cleared by MLB before the network could begin operation.
Nothing earth-shattering here; the league’s approval has been deemed a formality for some time. We know that the Dodgers are well along in the hiring process for the new network, called SportsNet LA. But it’s always worth checking in with the man who is performing the day-to-day duties of MLB commissioner.