The Department of Justice and AT&T settled a lawsuit claiming DirecTV — which AT&T purchased in 2015 — colluded unlawfully with other carriers about their negotiations to carry SportsNet LA, the only cable channel in Los Angeles to air most Dodgers games. But that doesn’t mean the cable provider will be adding the channel to its lineup anytime soon. [More]
The official paperwork for Charter’s bid to buy Time Warner Cable isn’t even in yet, let alone approved, but the two companies are already making good on one promise to play nice: as of Tuesday, Charter subscribers in Los Angeles who are also baseball fans will finally be able to watch their own home team on TV.
Time Warner Cable in southern California has paid a lot of money for the rights to Dodgers baseball and Lakers basketball games in the last few years: $8 billion and $3 billion respectively. Exclusive sports channels that let cable subscribers watch more games are a great idea, unless you’re a customer who isn’t interested in watching sports, but who is awfully tired of watching your bill go up. [More]
With the Mets allegedly involved in Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme and near league-wide attendance problems, the last thing Major League Baseball needed was yet another headache. But that’s exactly what it got when the Dodgers front office imploded, forcing the league to step in and take control of the team for the time being.