Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Time Warner to Make It Rain on Chavez Ravine

First Sandy, now this. From "Time Warner wins Dodgers TV deal" (AP/ESPN):

Time Warner Cable Inc. has won a contract to carry Los Angeles Dodgers games for at least the next two decades starting in 2014, snatching the games away from Fox Sports after this year's baseball season ends, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The deal has not yet been finalized, although it is to be announced within days, said the person, who was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday on condition of anonymity.

The Los Angeles Times earlier reported the nation's second-largest cable operator will pay around $7 billion to carry the games.

A second person familiar with the situation said that Fox Sports, a division of News Corp., had been prepared to pay more than $6 billion for a 25-year deal to keep the Dodgers on its Prime Ticket regional sports network. But it lost the bidding war after its exclusive bargaining period ended in November. The second person was also not authorized to speak publicly.

(Blinking ours.) Zack Greinke is rich, Frank McCourt is richer, and Guggenheim Baseball Management is about to become the richest. A five billion-dollar profit? Hell, they'll be able to rehire Vladimir Shpunt!


Hideo Nomo said...

I like that the Dodgers channel will be owned and operated by Guggenheim, in partnership with TWC. Hopefully that will help avoid some of the drawn out carriage negotiations that TWC SportsNet had.

I was lucky(?) enough to have one of the providers that got SportsNet before the season began. They'd better work out the same deal for the Dodgers. (Though, I still don't have the Pac12 Network.)

Fred's Brim said...

holy macaroni!

Steve Sax said...

And I expect DirecTV to jack up my rates...yet again

Pistol Pete Reiser said...

Resign Billy Ashley!

Alex Cora said...

Yeah. I have Fios. Hope they add this to the channel lineup. But I'm sure that they will increase the bill.

Dusty Baker said...

We should re-sign Kevin Brown for a zillion dollars just because we can.