The October 17th, 2011 edition of daily news for the LA Angels including Angels get permission to interview DiPoto, Angels discussing huge TV contract with Fox, looking at what Trout's AFL experience could mean and much more...
The Story: The Angels have received permission to interview Jerry DiPoto.
The Monkey Says: Some believe DiPoto is the front-runner for the Halos gig, but Buster Olney tweeted late last week that DiPoto was also the front-runner for the Orioles job. Normally, I would think picking between the Angels and the Orioles would be no contest since Baltimore hasn't been good for years and also has a meddlesome owner in Peter Angelos and controlling manager in Buck Showalter, but the Angels have Moreno and Scioscia, which makes it more a matter of preference, though I think the Angels still have the edge.
The Story: The Angels and Fox Sports are in discussions on a new TV contract believed to be worth around $1.6 billion over 20 years.
The Monkey Says: Assuming that is the figure, that would add $30 million in revenue per year for the Angels. Take this report with a GIANT grain of salt though. For starters, their current TV contract doesn't expire until after 2015, so there isn't a ticking clock on these talks nor would that big revenue boost be realized soon enough to make a major change in the current dealings. Most importantly, this is the second off-season in a row the two sides have talked and supposedly been near a deal, so this may stall out just like last season. Personally, I believe the report is emerging more as a PR stunt from either Fox or MLB to try and somehow put pressure on the Dodgers and their ongoing saga over their TV contract rights with Fox.