While the Los Angeles Dodgers have gotten off to a good start on the field, their situation off the field remains an issue.
The Dodgers cannot be seen by 70 percent of the Los Angeles market because of Time Warner Cable’s struggles to get other providers to carry the channel, SportsNet LA. This is the second year of SportsNet LA, yet most fans have yet to see a game on the channel. While the Dodgers and TWC are working towards making a deal, they have faced plenty of issues in their attempts.
Now, the commissioner of the MLB, Rob Manfred, is weighing in on the situation via Bill Shaikin and Mike DiGiovanna of the LA Times:
I’m hopeful the merger issue gets resolved one way or another to create some flexibility that gets the Dodgers full distribution. I think it’s really, really important for the fans in L.A. I’ve talked to anybody and everybody I can think of, including the mayor of L.A., about trying to get something done, but it’s one of those issues where we don’t even have a seat at the table, so it’s hard to effectuate a particular result.”
Manfred said he’s had discussions with LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, but they can’t do much for the Dodgers and their fans because of the impending mergers:
I think it’s not uncommon, when you have the kind of merger activity that you have there, that business issues can slow things down,” Manfred told reporters before the Angels played in Seattle on Wednesday.
Recently, Dodgers chairman Mark Walter said that the team is working hard for a deal, but that the mergers are making any deals difficult. It may take a few more months for the mergers to finalize, meaning the Dodger fans could have to wait a bit longer to see their team.
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