The Los Angeles Dodgers are over one month into the season, yet much of southern California remains unable to watch the games from the comfort of their own home. Outside of the occasional nationally broadcast game, Dodger games are exclusively shown on Time Warner Cable’s SportsNet LA.
Outside of TWC, other companies currently carrying SportsNet LA are Bright House Networks and Champion Broadband. Customers of major carries such as, AT&T U-verse, DirecTV, Dish Network and Verizon FiOS, remain in the dark with minimal, if any, updates on what progress is being made to fix the increasingly frustrating situation.
With DirecTV widely considered one of the, if not the, industry leader among cable providers, their reluctance to strike a deal with TWC has likely had a trickle down effect. On Tuesday, Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti was the latest public figure to be critical of the current situation, according to ESPN via an AP report:
I hope that we can resolve the fact that our home town baseball team, the Dodgers, is not currently seen on all of our boxes around the city.”
The only updates — if they can be classified as such — came in early April when DirecTV and TWC representatives sparred through the media, essentially accusing each other of not wanting to complete a deal. Within the last week, Dodgers president Stan Kasten spoke out, warning fans that he believes DirecTV will hold out for the entire season.
As the negotiations have dragged on, Dodger fans have begun to direct their anger towards the Dodgers, which Kasten also addressed at the time of mentioning his belief of DirecTV’s intentions. The change in television rights is line with what several other teams in larger markets have done, but it also is a stark change to how easily it had been to watch the Dodgers on TV for many years.
While Garcetti is an influential figure, unless there is a major change of heart between the negotiating parties, his plea will likely fall on deaf ears as the others have.
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