Dodgers, Fox Sports eye cable deal

Pact could be worth up to $4 billion

The Dodgers’ new owners and Fox Sports are discussing a cable deal that could be worth up to $4 billion and include shared ownership of English- and Spanish-language networks, according to news reports Monday.

Fox and the Dodgers have an existing TV pact that expires at the end of 2013 and can’t formally start talks on a new one until mid-October, when Fox will have a six-week exclusive window.

Time Warner Cable, which last year inked a 20-year, $2.5 billion pact with the Los Angeles Lakers that also includes launching two networks, is expected to enter the ring if Fox can’t strike a deal by then.

Reuters first reported the talks, saying any deal is likely to top the $3 billion agreement former owner Frank McCourt struck with Fox in 2011 and could hit the $4 billion mark.

The Dodgers were acquired in March for about $2 billion by Guggenheim Partners and a group of investors including Magic Johnson, Peter Guber and Stan Kasten.