LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Many local Dodgers fans will be left in the dark for the 2016 season.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Time Warner Cable (TWC) has failed to get DirecTV and other pay-TV providers, including Dish and Cox Communications, to carry SportsNet LA, the television channel owned by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
TWC released a written statement that reads in part: “We’ve offered short-term deals and long-term deals. We’ve lowered the price by 30 percent, we’ve asked for arbitration [and] we’ve offered to pay them the same thing they charge for their RSNs. We’ve told them we’d meet them anytime, anywhere to negotiate, and nothing has worked. They’ve rejected every offer we’ve made. We don’t believe they’re interested in carrying SportsNet LA.”
Customers of TWC, Charter Communications and Bright House Networks will be the only ones to have access to watch SportsNet LA.
TWC has been in disputes with pay-TV distributors since launching the Dodgers-only channel in 2014.
Baseball season begins on Monday.