When the Dodgers and Spectrum (then-Time Warner Cable) stuck a record-setting $8.35 billion deal over 25 years to create SportsNet LA, the exclusive home of Dodgers games back in 2013, a large majority of fans were suddenly shut out.
Gone were the days of being able to see the Dodgers and hear Vin Scully call games on KCAL 9 or on Fox Sports West. Major TV providers such as DirecTV and Dish refused to pay Spectrum’s high pricetag, and suddenly 70% of the LA market did not have access to see the Dodgers on TV. The team has alienated a large portion of their fanbase over the last six years with their Spectrum deal, but a new opportunity has arisen for the Dodgers to make things right.
Big changes coming for how we can watch MLB games online. Teams getting their own digital rights back – which could be ideal for Dodgers fans shut out of games for last 6 years.
The primary goal is probably to somehow kill off Reddit streamers though.https://t.co/5svjUWUN2Q
— Clint Pasillas (FRG) (@realFRG) December 7, 2019
Fox Business reported that MLB will allow all 30 teams to sell their own streaming rights ahead of the 2020 season, opening the door for clubs to expand their digital footprint as more viewers make the switch from cable and satellite.
However, teams are still subject to their existing TV deals before they can move on to prospective streaming deals.
This means that the Dodgers could potentially have a separate streaming deal, one that could possibly reach more fans than Spectrum. The fans who haven’t been able to see their favorite team on TV for six seasons could finally be able to again.
That is considering though, that the Dodgers actually make a deal that would enable that kind of access. They could very possibly work out something with Spectrum that makes them the exclusive streamer as well, who knows.
The opportunity is there, it’s up to the team to decide if they want to welcome their fans back in the new decade.