One of the hardest parts about being a Dodgers fan is not the back-to-back World Series losses. It’s not the difficult drive through downtown that gets you stuck in traffic on a weekend afternoon. It’s not even that terrible stadium traffic you face when you leave a ballgame in the ninth inning. No, the worst part of being a Dodger fan is absolutely the horrendous television deal.
The Dodgers’ deal with Spectrum makes it impossible for fans to watch their games all year long. The deal made it so that most games were held exclusively on Spectrum and blacked out everywhere else. The new deal though will reportedly include DirectTV and it’s subsidiaries.
This ends one of the longest, most frustrating cable TV disputes. There’s obviously no baseball games being played for a bit, but Dodgers fans who have Direct TV and its subsidiaries will finally be able to watch their games https://t.co/nv0UZP9P7H
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) April 1, 2020
Here’s more from Spectrum SportsNet LA itself.
OFFICIAL: We’re very happy to announce a carriage agreement with AT&T. Starting now, our award-winning programming will be available to AT&T video subscribers in Southern California, Las Vegas, and Hawaii. pic.twitter.com/sshYnnxIqW
— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) April 1, 2020
The timing of this deal could not be further from hilarious, as it comes on April Fools day. The television deal has long drawn the ire of Dodgers fans living in Los Angeles that do not get to watch their own team play.
This new deal paves the way for a more friendly television deal, as it reaches far more of the team’s own fanbase. Games are not being played at the moment of course. But when they do get started, so many more fans will be able to watch their Dodgers play.
The Dodgers signed the deal with Spectrum SportsNet LA/TimeWarner Cable a few years back with the intentions of it being a huge 25-year deal. The agreement was worth a whopping $8.35 billion at the time of the signing, though it is unclear if this changes that in any way.
This is a historic moment for the Dodgers, no matter how small it may seem, so we will continue to monitor the deal and keep you up to date.