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Dodgers leaning toward television deal with Time Warner

Jan 19, 2013, 11:01 AM EDT

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We heard two weeks ago that the Dodgers were “50-50″ about whether to keep their television broadcasts on Fox Sports or move them to Time Warner Cable starting in 2014, but it appears they are moving closer to a decision.

While FOX Sports was once considered the heavy favorite, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times hears that the Dodgers are now leaning toward accepting a deal with Time Warner Cable. No final decision has been made, as the club hasn’t reached an agreement with MLB on how the structure of a deal will impact their contribution to revenue sharing.

It’s believed that the Dodgers will sign the largest television contract in baseball history, perhaps as much as $7 billion. The team discussed a new deal with Fox in the fall which was rumored to be worth at least $6 billion over 25 years, but Time Warner jumped in after Fox’s exclusive negotiating window expired.

At issue right now is whether the Dodgers will contribute closer to $1 billion or $2 billion to revenue sharing. Dodgers chairman Mark Walter and MLB executive vice president Rob Manfred discussed the situation at the owners’ meetings in Arizona last week, but it’s not clear whether any progress was made.

 

  1. Old Gator - Jan 19, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Scrooge McLoria must be drooling on his nappie and praying for “closer to two billion.”

  2. Stiller43 - Jan 19, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    “It’s believed that the Dodgers will sign the largest television contract in baseball history, perhaps as much as $7 billion.”

    Well its easy to bid so much when all you have to do is tell your current customer base, “because of rising costs,” their bill is now X higher. Of course sponsors will pick up SOME slack as well.

    If i didnt love sports, i’d be PO’d paying for cable when most of the expense is for sports.

    • ezthinking - Jan 19, 2013 at 1:35 PM

      I am pissed that the other half of my cable bill goes to Real Housewives and Oprah. In 2012 Oprah made $165 million down from $290 million in 2011! Talk about overpaid.

      Check out this list of earners in entertainment: http://www.forbes.com/pictures/mfl45lhfj/oprah-winfrey-21/

      The list of athletes starts near the end of these entertainers – http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/specials/fortunate50-2012/

    • gibbyfan - Jan 19, 2013 at 2:02 PM

      Stiller–you would be right to be PO’d and I think even some sports fans might be a little PO’d if they realied how much they were paying for the largess of the Cable Company–I have seen figures as high as 50%. Has to be the biggest dirty little secret out there, but maybe not for long.

    • gloccamorra - Jan 19, 2013 at 3:46 PM

      You would be even more PO’d if your cable provider wasn’t T-W and they refused to carry your team’s games. That happened in San Diego, where Fox Sports carries the Padres, but the local T-W carrier for 1/3 of San Diego won’t carry the Fox Sports channel. My cable carrier, Cox, does carry FoxSports, and my bill jumped $8.

      T-W sports and your local T-W carrier are two separate entities, with T-W Sports and Fox Sports in a national battle for sports channel supremacy. The cable carriers can pick and choose, so whether the Dodgers pick one or the other, some LA metro fans aren’t going to get Dodgers games on TV. Congress should drop their fiscal cliff nonsense and address this!

  3. mlblogscbgoldsmith - Jan 20, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    I would suggest that the Dodgers (like many MLB Franchises) are a Ponzi scheme where the only profits are found when you sell the team and kick the debt down the road. Baseball expands when it should contract and in the emerging new economy media enablers will no longer be able to inject capital into the arms of junkie owners. Monopolies are houses of cards and the Dodgers reflect the false market that major league has become. Amidst loss and loans how will the Dodgers spin downturn and deficit into dollars? Volume, volume, volume!

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