In a television deal, which might go down as one of the worst in television history just got more complicated. As the Los Angeles Dodgers (12-12) season continues the chances of fans being able to see games on TV aren’t looking good.
The Dodgers’ blackout will continue on for a third straight year after DirecTV rejected the latest attempt to restart negotiation talks with Time Warner Cable SportsNet LA. News came in last week that Charter Communications is expected to take over Time Warner Cable in the coming month, but buzz has been fairly quiet since then.
TWC spokesman Andrew Fegyveresi declined to say whether AT&T had conveyed any concerns about TWC’s privacy and confidentiality practices, but he did criticize AT&T for declining to meet under Rep. Janice Hahn’s (D-San Pedro) auspices.
“This is yet another example of AT&T/DirecTV’s unwillingness to negotiate in good faith,” he said. “So far, AT&T/DirecTV has rejected every offer, every compromise, and every neutral negotiating forum like arbitration or a meeting with the congresswoman.”
Dodgers President Stan Kasten, also without any authority to compel AT&T to meet, has expressed concern that DirecTV might never carry SportsNet LA.
“It’s a shame that Time Warner continues to try to make deals with every distributor, and DirecTV refuses to even meet to discuss making a deal,” Kasten said.
For the Dodgers President to say DirecTV may “never” carry SportsNet LA is troubling. Especially when it’s one of the largest carriers in Southern California. Fans have vented their frustration, pleaded their case to management, but for now it seems the Dodgers and our beloved Vin Scully will not be shown on TV just yet.
Question: Who’s to blame? DirecTV? Dodgers? TWC? All? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.