The Los Angeles Dodgers are just over six weeks into the 2014 season and approximately 70 percent of Los Angeles remains unable to watch any games that aren’t nationally televised. The team’s network, Time Warner Cable’s SportsNet LA, is solely available to Bright House Networks, Champion Broadband and TWC subscribers.
There’s been few updates on the situation as the other cable companies, namely DirecTV given their control of the market share, have taken a stand against TWC leaving Dodger fans in the crosshairs. DirecTV and TWC representatives exchanged barbs through the media in the first week of April, with team president Stan Kasten and Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti the latest to discuss the bleak status.
In response to an article written by Howard Cole of LA Weekly, TWC senior director of public relations for news and sports, Andrew Fegyveresi, participated in a question and answer email interview. Cole questioned Fegyveresi on the status of negotiations, which the rep said were ongoing:
L.A. Weekly: How are the negotiations going?
Fegyveresi: We’re in discussions with other providers, but as has been reported, DirecTV has expressed no urgency in getting a deal done to bring SportsNet LA to their subscribers.
As for the possibility that a deal may not come to fruition this season or next, Fegyversei said TWC will continue to work towards avoiding that:
L.A. Weekly: What happens if no one blinks and 70 percent of Southland households are blacked out of Dodgers’ telecasts for the entire season, or even two seasons?
Fegyveresi: We can’t predict the timing, but negotiations are active with providers. We will continue to work tirelessly to get it carried across the region.
Fegyveresi’s would go on to express remorse over fans being without access to SportsNet LA. The goal, Fegyveresi states, is for it to be carried across all providers and he hopes a resolution is reached in the near future.
While the intentions to reach a deal may be there, the fact of the matter remains as the season wears on, it increases the likelihood the majority of Los Angeles will not receive their Dodgers at home.
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