Ted, Rupe ready to play ball

With last week’s announcement that News Corp. was given official permission by Major League Baseball to peruse the Los Angeles Dodgers’ financial records as the next step in the team’s proposed sale by Peter O’Malley to Rupert Murdoch, the last hurdle will rest with a vote of big league baseball owners in September.

That decision was once viewed as a huge obstacle, given Atlanta Braves owner Ted Turner’s well-established disdain for Murdoch. It was speculated that Turner was determined to spearhead a drive to thwart the deal, coaxing sufficient opposition to prevent the needed majority approval of owners.

However, sources now indicate that Turner has changed his tune and likely won’t recruit opposition to Murdoch’s Dodger bid when the owners meet in September — this, in the wake of an out of court settlement last month that ended the carriage war in New York between Time Warner Cable and Fox News Channel.

“It doesn’t pay anymore for Ted to be at Rupert’s throat, and vice-versa,” an industry source said. “For the financial benefit of both of them, they have to swallow their differences and get along. And I think they both finally realize it.”

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