It is an interesting time to be a Los Angeles Dodgers fan. The franchise, which spent a few seasons being owned by one biggest cheapskates in baseball history, now finds itself owned by a group, including NBA legend Magic Johnson, that has no problem spending the money that a marquee baseball team should spend. They made a huge trade last season for some great players and have expressed a willingness to spend this offseason to compete for a world championship.
Time Warner Cable is aware of the potential the Dodgers possess. They have entered into conversations with the Dodgers about their television rights, which expire after the 2013 season.
Fox Sports has offered a complicated, 25-year, $6 billion-plus deal to the Dodgers, but those talks have not gone as smoothly as Fox obviously would have liked. Their exclusive negotiating period ended November 30, as the Dodgers and their owners have talked about getting equity stake in an existing or new cable channel.
TWC launched two new channels in October, which carry Los Angeles Lakers games. The Lakers do not have an ownership stake in those networks though and it would be a bad precedent to offer that to one sports franchise but not another.
Who do you prefer wins the right?