Dodgers: Commissioner Concerned Over TV Blackouts
The number one frustration from Los Angeles Dodgers fans as the team has enjoyed divisional success has easily been the television situation. Check out the mentions anytime SportsNet LA tweets anything.
They’re not pretty.
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Tuesday, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred chimed in on the national blackout situation and sounded concerned about how things have gone.
“My concern could not be higher. I think the Dodgers and the Los Angeles market are crucial to Major League Baseball and its reach. This has gone on a long time. I’m hopeful there are dynamics in play beyond baseball, in terms of corporate activity, that may create some flexibility. And hopefully we will get a resolution in time for the 2016 season.”
Here’s the issue: The Dodgers are not the Los Angeles Lakers. It sucks to hear that kind of thing, but the Dodgers thought at the time they’d be as successful as the Lakers were with their deal with Time Warner. That simply has not been the case. Fans applied so much pressure to their respective cable providers, the companies had to cave in to a deal with Time Warner.
As the Dodgers are not the worldwide brand that the Lakers are, the same pressure simply has not been applied to providers like DirecTV outside of centralized areas inside Los Angeles.
Manfred’s comments are not directly tied to this situation, but how it affects how many people can watch games nationally. In the NFL, blackouts based on ticket sales were deemed illegal (but eventually cleared) by the federal government. Holding ticket sales over the fans’ heads just doesn’t seem right.
If that doesn’t sit well, holding a financial dispute between two corporations over fans’ heads who can not do a single thing about it directly seems outright disgusting.
There are no entities in this situation that come off guilt-free.
The Dodgers made an impossible deal with Time Warner.
Time Warner is trying to make the deal profitable for themselves by negotiating too stringently with other providers.
Those other providers aren’t taking the deal because it doesn’t completely work in their favor. The situation presented above isn’t exactly how everything went down, obviously, but it’s how it’s perceived by most everyone who isn’t filled in with every single detail.
And while all that crap is going on, the fans don’t get to watch the most competitive Dodgers teams in many fans’ lifetimes.
I think I speak for all the fans out there when I say, please, everyone, just figure this out.
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I’m disgusted with the whole situation…Now the commissioner has concerns….when the season is over….I don’t think anyone is going to fix this and the fans will drift away. If you can’t watch the games, why be a fan…and oh by the way, I am really angry about not having the opportunity to listen to Vin Scully, Mr. Dodger Baseball himself….You really screwed that up for us fans, Stan Kasten, et al….thanks…..Carol Thaler
As a reminder, DirectTV’s position is that they will carry the Dodgers at what ever rate TimeWarner wants, but it will be a premium package. TimeWarner will only negotiate if SportsNet LA is included with every subscription. Until these fundamentals change, we are at a stand still.
jfmiller28 I did know this, but I believe it unfair to those not interested in sports to require them to pay for the premium sports package.
the blackout is a crime against the best fan base. MLB network and the others are equally guilty as games they show nationally are blacked out as well; at least in my area. I have several friends who have now opted for Angel baseball. Certainly not the same but they see a quality team and every game. Dodgers, ultimately, you will be the big losers. You can fix this.