SportsNet Los Angeles
What Others Are Saying
The loyalties that local professional, collegiate and even high school teams inspire across their community are an important and treasured civic asset. Yet many teams now want to privatize that value and are willing to tap off their most loyal fans’ access to force everybody else to pay soaring fees whether they want to choose to support that team or not. Here’s how some of the most respected SoCal and national press see the situation shaping up:
Dodgers need to be seen, not just heard about 3/8/15 | Los Angeles Times
As the Dodgers’ TV blackout enters its second full season, one is reminded that even Arizona spring training is awful. The Dodgers are whittled and shaped into a 25-man unit during a month-long process, yet because the TV images are only available on that expensive rumor known as SportsNet LA, most of their loyal fans are a six-hour drive from watching it happen.
Dodger Fans Face Second Season With No Games on TV Amid Fee Rift 3/3/15 | Bloomberg
“We remain hopeful we can achieve a deal with Time Warner Cable and the Dodger ownership that satisfies both fans and non-fans alike,” El Segundo, California-based DIRECTV said in an e-mailed statement. The company, the second largest provider in the region, has been a critic of rising program costs. …Read more
Dodgers blackout deserves cheers 2/17/15 | Los Angeles Times
Time Warner Cable, which owns the team’s broadcast rights, still hasn’t been able to make a deal with DIRECTV or other pay-TV operators to show the games…Read more
There’s no end in sight for fans 2/12/15 | Los Angeles Times
For the second consecutive year, it appears the Dodgers will begin the season in complete TV meltdown, their games hidden from 70% of their fans, their brand slowly wilting with no help in sight… Read more
Bidding war between networks, sports leagues will increase price of cable TV 1/23/15 | The Washington Post
Cable TV is about to get more expensive for millions of consumers because of a bidding war between networks and the country’s most powerful sports leagues. Time Warner Cable, Cablevision and scores of rural cable providers are tacking on sports surcharges each month… Read more
Ballooning sports rights fees are going to up your cable bill 1/22/15 | New York Post
Sports programming bills are about to get even bigger — whether you watch the games or not. New analysis from SNL Kagan shows that pay-TV companies are in for a big step up in sports costs over the next few years. Read more
Time Warner Cable feeling ill effects of Dodgers channel dispute 8/1/14 | Los Angeles Times
The SportsNetLA debacle is starting to affect Time Warner Cable’s bottom line. Time Warner Cable lowered its revenue projections for 2014 because of its inability to distribute SportsNet LA. Read more
FCC Chairman ‘Troubled’ by Time Warner Cable’s L.A. Antics 7/30/14 | Wall St. Journal
“We hope that Chairman Wheeler is making similar inquiries of DIRECTV and other LA television distributors to determine their rationale for refusing to carry SportsNet LA,” she said, “which we have offered at terms similar to other regional sports networks, including those owned by DIRECTV.” Read more
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Not long ago, it didn’t matter whether you cheered for the Lakers or Clippers, Dodgers or Angels, or Bruins or Trojans since all of Southern California’s most popular pro and college teams were readily available to everyone on free broadcast channels, ESPN and only two regional sports networks. Now there are at least five new RSNs and several more national sports services competing for eyeballs and extra dollars, creating battles between local teams over who can collect the most from its local fans for home admission into their own living rooms.
BRUINS and TROJANSThe Bruins and Trojans help the Pac-12 Conference to sell its best football and basketball games for nearly four times as much from $60 million per season to $225 million to FOX and ESPN, but then pools their less popular games into the expensive new seven-channel Pac-12 Networks multiplex.
GALAXYTime Warner Cable nearly doubles the $300,000 per season Fox Sports paid to televise Galaxy MLS games to a new $550,000 per season as international soccer icon David Beckham retires from the beautiful game, leaving local families to help make up the difference on Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable SportsNet Deportes fees.
CALIFORNIA INTERSCHOLASTIC FEDERATIONBig money’s not just for professional – or even college – sports anymore, as Time Warner Cable pays $8.5 million to the California Interscholastic Federation to televise high school sports across the state. That’s 85 times more than the $100,000 Fox Sports had ever paid and raises concerns from community activists that public high school competition and athletes will be tainted by the influx of media cash and attention.
How to Listen
Fans can already listen to several Dodger spring training games leading up to the start of the new season when the Dodgers host the Padres on Monday, April 6. Cactus League games typically begin at 1 p.m. PT unless otherwise noted, featuring the incomparable Vin Scully on play-by-play and Jaime Jarrin for the select Spanish broadcasts each weekend. The Dodgers Radio Network and flagship stations KLAC 570 AM (English) and KTNQ 1020 AM (Spanish) will provide all the action when the Dodgers and Angels battle in the annual Freeway Series (April 2-4) to end the preseason and then offer all Dodger loyalists free access for the entire 2015 season.