Time Warner Cable lowered their asking price for SportsNet LA, and it seems like a genuine offer by the company, at least in some way, to get the Los Angeles Dodgers broadcast onto nearly all major television providers everywhere. They’re going with a full-court press here, and it involves Vin Scully’s name.
However, the legendary broadcaster, in his own words, is “embarrassed” over having his name used as a means to get this possible deal done. Vin Scully will begin his final season on April 4th as the Dodgers take on the Padres in San Diego, and a vast majority of Angelenos will be without means to watch.
Said [Vin] Scully: “It’s really kind of embarrassing for me. If it will serve in any possible way to get the fans to see more games, that is the thing I would be rooting for.”
It makes some sense as to why Scully would feel a little bit embarrassed by this entire ordeal. No one wants to really have their name dragged through the proverbial mud, at least in some fashion, and made out to be the main reason that both sides need to come to an agreement for a new deal.
Still, as Scully himself even says, he is rooting for this deal to get done. And that sums up how most everyone feels about the way all of this has gone down. Hopefully Time Warner Cable and the other companies can come to an agreement. If not for the team, do it for Scully. He’s the voice we need the most in our baseball lives, and not hearing him during his final season would be catastrophic.