KTLA has taken a pre-emptive legal strike against local sports cabler Fox Sports West 2 in a dispute over the TV rights to Los Angeles Dodger baseball games.
In a complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Tribune-owned KTLA alleges that Fox Sports West 2 is planning to telecast more Dodger road games than it has the rights to under a sub-licensing agreement with the now defunct Tele-TV.
KTLA has the right to broadcast up to 95 Dodger road games under a long-term deal with the team. In 1995, the station licensed the non-broadcast TV rights to 40 of those games to Tele-TV, which in turn sub-licensed those rights to Fox Sports West 2.
KTLA’s complaint asserts that Fox Sports West 2 has allegedly told a major TV advertiser that it plans on telecasting as many as 80 games next year. Reps for KTLA, Fox Sports West 2 and the Dodgers could not be reached for comment late Monday.