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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Temperature Rises: Dodgers In Talks To Sell Minority Share

The Times reported last week that the Dodgers are in talks to sell a minority share to a Korean partner, which I suppose should come as no surprise. This is a step one takes if one is starting to run low on cash, or otherwise wishes to diminish exposure to downside. Which is to say, the early ebullience of the Kasten era has given way to a more sober assessment of the likelihood the team's overarching flaw, its uncompleted TV deal. At this point, it seems to me, it's a question of when, not if, SportsNet LA will go into bankruptcy, and take the Dodgers with them.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Dodgers Still "Very Concerned" Their Team Will Still Be Off The Air

It's hard to understand how anyone could be so thoroughly clueless that they thought this wouldn't be the outcome, but here we are in 2015, and the Dodgers still won't be on cable TV this year, report Bill Shaikin and Meg James.
"I'm very concerned," Dodgers Chairman Mark Walter said Thursday, at the conclusion of baseball's owners' meetings.
The Federal Communications Commission has until March 30 — six days before the Dodgers' season opener — to approve or reject a merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable. The FCC has delayed the proceedings twice and could do so again.
The other side of the table has some blunt words for the Dodgers' TV arm:
"Time Warner Cable and the Dodgers' front office owe fans the simple freedom to see Dodger games on TV without obligating every TV customer to bail out Time Warner for its reckless overspending," DirecTV said in a statement. Kasten declined to comment.
"Reckless overspending" is an understatement. We could be into 2016 before this goes away; the Dodgers have deep pockets. I still maintain a chain reaction bankruptcy is not impossible.

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Saturday, January 03, 2015

Starting 2015 With A "New" Blog And Administrivia

My overall inattention to this space led me to forget a promise from 2009, when I told the proprietor of Dodger Therapy that I'd give them a sidebar link. (I was archiving my old mail from 2014 when I looked into prior years' archives and found an old exchange that I had forgotten.) Unlike a bunch of bloggers from the end of the McCourt era, they're still around and active as ever. Give 'em a try.

A lot of sidebar links have bit the dust over the last month, though I still have hope that Matt Welch's old Warblog will one day be resurrected; still, with each passing day, I concede the likelihood of that diminishes.

Happy New Year, everyone.

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