Dodgers News And Rumors: SportsNet LA Negotiations To Linger
The Los Angeles Dodgers are nearly finished with their compressed Spring Training schedule and fans without Time Warner Cable likely haven’t seen one pitch. The Dodgers network, SportsNet LA, which has broadcast all the Spring Training games, is only available to TWC and Bright House Networks customers.
As was seen with the Lakers network, Time Warner Cable SportsNet, negotiations to carry SportsNet LA on other cable carriers have been slow to non-existent. However, TWC CEO Rob Marcus expressed his belief on Wednesday that deals of this nature are most often struck on the eve of opening day. The Dodgers open their series on March 22 against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Australia, which will be carried on the MLB Network. Their U.S. opener, which is on March 30 against the San Diego Padres, will be nationally televised by ESPN.
The nationally televised games at the start of the season has give TWC and cable carriers some additional time to come to terms on an agreement. There is no guarantee however that a resolution will be reached before April 1, when the Dodgers continue their series with the Padres. Should negotiations drag well into the season, it could lead to negative public backlash and customers switching cable providers.
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You know it’s funny how everyone blames there providers for not carrying the dodgers network. When in reality if TWC would accept what they are offering to accept a deal it would have already been done. So as far as I care it is TWC that is preventing dodger fans from being able to watch the dodgers not the other providers.