Hell, fans aren’t even mad enough to punish the owners where it hurts most — their wallets. Staying away from Chavez Ravine would be the most powerful statement possible against an organization that prioritizes financial interests ahead of the fans’ well-being. But rather than stage an unmistakable protest, fans are instead filling the park at 84 percent capacity, a clip that’s comparable (or better) to recent seasons.
Time Warner Cable may be reportedly losing its shirt on this transaction, but the Dodgers, insulated by die-hard fans, are having their cake and eating it, too.
If the team sounds bullet-proof, that’s only because they are. Save a ridiculously elongated catastrophe, Dodgers will continue to skate, and fans will enable them. Their anger will be largely directed towards Time Warner Cable and DirecTV, nameless and faceless corporations, and therefore the easiest targets of wrath.
Nobody develops an emotional connection to their cable provider. We just want the programs we want, and when that doesn’t happen, details become irrelevant. (“You had one job, cable provider! One job!!!”)
In reality, the lion’s share of blame should fall on the Dodgers. They’re the ones who agreed to this mammoth TV deal. Like every business, the Dodgers are in it to make a buck, and more power to them. But as the Yankees, the Pac-12 and the Lakers have taught us, these deals often don’t go off without a hitch.
The more cash involved, the more difficulty finding a sweet spot for every cable carrier, and the Dodgers banked a boatload of moolah in this deal. Thus, they must have anticipated, and maybe even expected, obstacles upon signing the dotted line.
Perhaps behind the scenes, the organization is sweating bullets over longterm health with each passing, television-less day. However, if I had to guess, they’re obviously not happy, but hardly losing sleep. Because in the end, there’s solace in Magic’s rightful assessment that the Dodgers aren’t yet sustaining true damage.
And if this situation becomes a temporary cost of doing eventually bigger business, the ends will be seen as justifying the means. Frankly, it wouldn’t surprise me if the deal was made with a willingness to absorb a few potentially messy-but-survivable seasons if necessary, because the powers-that-be knew they’d ultimately walk away clean.
And in a very twisted, horrible way, Dodger fans have nobody to blame but themselves.