The Los Angeles Dodgers have plenty to look forward to as the first game of spring training nears. Soon, Don Mattingly will be able to let on-field results dictate position battles and the pitching staff, but how many people will get to see it all unfold?
Currently, the Dodgers’ cable network, SportsNet LA, is only set to be carried by Time Warner when it launches on Feb. 25. As is often the case when a team creates its own network, other cable providers become leery of the cost of doing business to carry the network, which they must transfer to their customers — whether or not the customers are interested in having the channel added on to their plan.
That in particular appears to be the case with Time Warner, who reportedly isn’t interested in offering SportsNet LA to only those interested, say an a la carte model is “not really on the table.” Given that the Dodgers’ first regular season game isn’t until March 22 and hopefully a deal will be made by then. With all parties involved looking to agree to the most beneficial terms possible, negotiations of this nature typically continue to the last minute.
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