The Los Angeles Dodgers’ television deal has rubbed a lot of people the wrong way since, well, a lot of people can’t actually watch the games because of it. It’s a deal that needs to be ironed out, and a whole host of fans are going to be missing Vin Scully’s last season because of it. It’s truly a shame.
Baseball has tried to expand their reach over the years, and one of the ways is this season when the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will be showing their games online on the FOX Sports GO app to fans who want to watch. It’s smart, logical, and an easy way to grow viewership. Commissioner Rob Manfred talked about that, but also talked about the Dodgers’ own deal.
Despite the league’s wider access in many markets, Manfred did express his concern regarding the Dodgers ongoing TV troubles in which a large percentage of Dodgers’ fans have been unable to watch their team in the local market due to limited access to the team’s new cable channel. Calling the team one of the league’s historic franchises, the commissioner said the league had no problem getting involved in discussions between the team and cable providers but was quick to point out they were limited in their influence.
In the grand scheme of things, you hope that the actual league won’t have to get involved in the discussions because you’d hope that the two sides involved could actually get it done themselves. However, that might be what it ends up taking because freezing fans out is never good. And he knows it.
Cable companies, teams, and the league want all the viewers that they can get. Without viewers, there’s a loss of revenue, and revenue makes this whole thing go. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a deal being reached in the near future. Hopefully there is one, but this all just seems for naught right now.
It’s just a travesty and almost criminal that fans are still frozen out. We deserve to listen to and watch Vin Scully. Maybe the league will need to step in and see what they can do, but that won’t be happening anytime soon to allow viewers to actually watch the team this season.