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Time Warner, Dodgers agree on new TV network

Jan 22, 2013, 10:17 AM EDT

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This has been in the works for some time, but it sounds like it’s actually going to happen: Scott Soshnick of Bloomberg reports that Guggenheim partners — the group which owns the Dodgers — and Time Warner have reached an agreement to create a Dodgers TV network. Soshnick says that Guggenheim will own the regional sports network and Time Warner will serve as its administrator.

This, as we have long noted, will result in a huge windfall for Guggenheim and, in turn, the Dodgers, giving them as much as ten or even twenty times more a year in local TV dollars than some of the other teams in the league.

This financial windfall, and subsequent disparity, is the single most significant financial factor in all of baseball these days. Nothing teams do as far as payroll, marketing and anything else can be understood without grokking this single fact.

  1. dan1111 - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Solution: get rid of territorial rights. Let as many teams play in LA and NY as the market will bear. Why not? New York used to have 3 teams out of 16. Plus, they could then expand to 32 teams and get rid of the constant interleague play that is about to happen.

    • okobojicat - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:58 AM


      It really is the most obvious thing. If you want to make the league fairer, you need to put the teams where the people are and pull some of the Yankees/Mets revenue to other teams. I looked at this a couple years ago, and NY should get two teams, then Chicago, then LA and then we should start looking at other markets. That would balance out the revenue dominance the bigger cities command and also allow more baseball – which is always a good thing.

      • dan1111 - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:18 AM

        It will never happen, though. Unlike a salary cap, which would enrich owners, this will enpoor owners (or at least enlessrich them). And guess who runs the show?

    • Roger Moore - Jan 22, 2013 at 4:11 PM

      As an alternative, make each team pay the league an annual franchise fee that depends on the population of their home market in exchange for maintaining exclusivity. The money would go into a shared revenue pool that would be divided equally among the teams.

  2. kevinleaptrot - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Meanwhile, back in the DMV, nothing’s been settled in the Dickensian Angelos-Nationals MASN standoff. Crickets. When’s Selig going to grow a pair and make a decision on this? No matter what he decides, unless it’s the status quo, Angelos is going to sue. So let’s get the ball rolling Bud, so we can have this resolved ASAP.

    • historiophiliac - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:41 AM

      You can’t give an old dog new balls.

  3. foreverchipper10 - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    So with this picture following the one featuring the Royals logo I am now wondering if those teams use the same font. Sure looks like it to me.

    • foreverchipper10 - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:39 AM

      Nope, nevermind. I was looking at them while they had text over them via the scroll bar above the articles. When I went to the main page it is clear the font is not the same. Fail number one of the day for me.

  4. hansob - Jan 22, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    Can’t wait until the ask $3 per subscriber per month for a channel that 80% won’t even watch.

  5. cameltoehoe - Jan 22, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Good. Now maybe they could pay off Bryan Stowe’s medical bills & set him & his family up for life since the Dodgers were physically & morally responsible for his injuries.

    • dowhatifeellike - Jan 22, 2013 at 4:05 PM

      Pretty sure the responsibility lies with the guys who bashed his head in.

  6. badintent - Jan 22, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    Craig, grow a pair, and while you do that, a penis as well.Stop crying about your small market team. The Yankees have been flooded with $ 500 million for many years from their cable deal. Take the top 5 markets and follow the $$. Chicago, Houston, Phoniex, LA and NY. Why do I have to do your job ? We talking ablut the same stupid company that pissed off 3 million New Yorkers when Time refused to do a deal with MSG during LINSANITY ERA. !!

  7. cameltoehoe - Jan 22, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Everybody knows that you go after the deep pockets. What are the Stowe Family gonna do, sue the thugs for the lint in their pockets? All they have to do is prove that the Dodgers are in anyway negligent for their part; ie lack of security in the Parking Lot, poor response to a medical emergency. Even part responsibility proven in a court of law will make the deepest of pockets wanna settle to make it go away.

  8. sportsnut101 - Jan 22, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Since when phx a top market lol

  9. lostsok - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    For years LA fans have had to put up with pundits complaining about their being mismanaged and cheap. Now they are being managed in exactly the way it was suggested they should be…and are anything but cheap…and it’s more complaining.

  10. iamjimmyjack - Jan 23, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    This is awesome. I love my dodgers and have no problem paying 140 dollars for basic cable so long as they continue to get the best free agents, fix our farm system and improve the stadium. I couldn’t be happier with the new ownership group backing up their words with action.

  11. gbar22 - Jan 23, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Owning a network hasn’t created a huge financial windfall for the New York mets.

  12. iamjimmyjack - Jan 24, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    Game over.

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