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Report: Twins owner Jim Pohlad bidding to buy Fox Sports North

Fox Regional Sports Network needs to be sold as part of Disney's takeover of 21st Century Fox.

The owner of the Minnesota Twins is reportedly joining up with a number of other team owners to bid for the Fox Regional Sports Networks.

The networks are currently owned by 21st Century Fox, but as the company is subject to a $71 billion takeover by Walt Disney Co. – which owns ESPN – regulators want it to be sold as part of the deal.

Step forward Jim Pohlad, the owner of the Minnesota Twins, who according to Bloomberg is joining a bidding group that includes John Malone, the owner of the Atlanta Braves, and Tom Gores, who owners the Detroit Pistons.

Neither the Pohlad Companies or the Minnesota Twins have commented on the report, which saw Bloomberg cite "two people with knowledge of the matter."

The network includes Fox Sports North, which broadcasts Minnesota Twins, Timberwolves, Wild, United and Lynx games and would be of obvious interest to Pohlad.

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Similarly, Malone wants the Atlanta channel and Gores the Detroit one, but Bloomberg says Disney intends to sell all 21 channels that comprise the network in a bulk deal.

There are at least three competing bids, including from the Sinclair Broadcast Group and Major League Baseball.

The Star Tribune reports that if Pohlad were to be successful, it would be the first time Fox Sports North has been under local ownership since 1993, when what was WCCO II was sold to CBS.

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