Dodgers to get own channel through Time Warner
The Los Angeles Dodgers are the lone baseball team in Los Angeles, unlike their two basketball counterparts just a few miles away at Staples. The Los Angeles Dodgers stand alone as the only Los Angeles baseball team. The Dodgers have a strong following and very dedicated fans, though last season filling the stadium and having sellout games didn’t come as easy as past seasons. Now the Dodgers are hoping to change that this coming season and even possibly have it’s own channel.
As Time Warner looks to acquire the TV rights for the Los Angeles Dodgers they are also willing to cover the fees of other distributors. A Los Angeles Dodgers channel will give the Los Angeles market a total of six regional sports networks. Some say that is too many channels in one market. Still, Time Warner is not changing in their approach to acquire the TV rights of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The price of this channel is expected to be $5 a subscriber per month. That is a bit more than the current Los Angeles Lakers channel which goes for $3.50 and $3.95 per subscriber a month.
The Los Angeles Dodgers organization will own the channel outright and Time Warner will pay approximately 7 to 8 billion for a 20 to 25 year partnership. In this agreement Time Warner will manage most of the operations and handle distribution but first Time Warner must acquire the TV rights from current owner Fox Sports’ Prime Ticket.
-Kelly J Newson