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Baseball team jumping from Fox-owned KCOP

The Los Angeles Dodgers are breaking more ties with former parent News Corp., taking their show to Viacom-owned KCAL under a hefty new eight-year deal.

Dodgers will jump from Fox-owned KCOP, where the team had been based since 2002. KCAL is understood to be paying more than $10 million a year for rights to broadcast the team beginning in 2006; that’s a healthy bump from KCOP’s $8 million annual contract.

Deal unites team’s radio and TV outlets under one corporate parent: Viacom’s Infinity outlet KFWB has served as team’s radio home since last year.

KCAL currently has a deal with the Anaheim Angels, but that pact expires in 2005 — and the station isn’t expected to renew. KCAL also has carried Los Angeles Lakers games for 28 years; the station recently extended its deal with the NBA team through the 2011-2012 basketball season.

KCAL/KCBS prexy-G.M. Don Corsini and Dodgers owner Frank McCourt made the announcement late Tuesday.

“The union of the Dodgers and KCAL forges an even stronger synergistic relationship with our family of broadcast partners,” McCourt said.

KCAL will take over exclusive local TV broadcast rights to Dodger games, except matchups televised nationally through Major League Baseball’s TV deals.

News Corp.’s FSN West 2 continues to hold the team’s cable rights.

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