There are two topics that are sure to rile up Dodgers fans: The front office and that damn TV deal.
It’s totally understandable, too. To a certain extent, it doesn’t matter if the Dodgers make some huge move because the majority of fans can’t actually watch the team play.
I can’t express how much I miss listening to Vin Scully take us on a stroll of memory lane as he simultaneously guides us through a game. Fortunately, once the football season ends, as does my contract with DirecTV and I’ll be making the switch.
ESPN’s Mark Saxon asked Stan Kasten about the TV deal, who sounds just as frustrated as any of us.
Now to your favorite topic: Do you have any further optimism that your channel, SportsNetLA, will be available to more homes in Southern California next season? Could the dispute with DirecTV and other carriers carry through a third season?
Kasten: I don’t have any news, which is one reason why I don’t answer questions on this every day. It got kind of silly. But there isn’t a day that goes by, including earlier today, when we haven’t engaged in some conversations with someone or multiple parties or companies looking to find the best path to finally get everyone access. Are there some companies that after two years of not giving their customers the Dodgers, never will? At some point you might just have to accept that, but today people should be convinced we’re doing all we can. I can’t talk to anything substantive, because the minute we do it gets mischaracterized and sets us further back in terms of resolution.
As hard as we have worked on the product, the team, the stadium, our community relations in the name of solidifying our core of fans, this TV thing has hurt our fans more than anything else. This problem has bothered me more than any other we have had.
Once all these mergers are final could that lead to resolution?
Kasten: I’m tired of predicting that, but I am hopeful. I guess we just have to see how it all works. You have new companies owning rights that have to deal with other companies that thus far didn’t feel the need to provide the Dodgers to their customers. We will all see together.
Look, all sides are culpable in this fiasco. It’s Vin’s last season and millions won’t be able to watch. Here’s hoping they can find some kind of solution to fix that.
As frustrating as it might be, though, please don’t kill the messenger. All we can do is provide the news and updates as they come along — if they ever come along.