Opening Day for the Los Angeles Dodgers is less than a week away and many fans may be left scrambling to find a way to catch their team on television.
SportsNet LA, the Dodgers’ new channel, has been up and running since February 25, but only for those with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Network. Negotiations have been ongoing between Time Warner Cable and other cable providers in order to reach the rest of the fans in the area.
According to Ben Bergman of 89.3 KPCC, Dodgers’ president Stan Kasten isn’t worried yet about channel distribution:
We remain optimistic that in short order we’re going to have full coverage throughout the market because it’s something this incredibly deep and loyal fan base wants to have, Kasten said Friday.
Kasten said he’s not surprised it’s coming down to the wire, because that’s how it went with the Lakers channel, and what’s happened in other cities.
Negotiations will get more serious as we get closer to opening day, and perhaps beyond, if we’re not completely done by opening day, Kasten said.
This isn’t the first time Dodger fans have heard that negotiations should ramp up closer to Opening Day, but it’s the first time any mention of a deal not being done by Opening Day has been publicly stated. Kasten’s comments may seem mostly optimistic; however, his mention of negotiations going past the team’s first game could be a small dose of reality.
This weekend, the Dodgers will take on the Arizona Diamondbacks in Australia for a two-game series in Australia. As of now, in the Los Angeles area, only those with SportsNet LA will have access to the game. MLB Network will be showing the two games, but it’ll be blacked out in the LA area. After that, the next regular season game that Dodgers fans will miss would be the second game of the opening series with the San Diego Padres on April 1. Opening Day in San Diego will be broadcasted on ESPN on March 30.
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