Baseball season is in full swing. After starting the season in Australia, the Dodgers will be playing their home opener tonight. Fans lucky enough to be heading to the stadium can enjoy a California rivalry as the Dodgers face off against the San Francisco Giants. Direct TV customers hoping to watch in the comfort of their homes won’t be as lucky.
The start of baseball season was expected to put pressure on negotiations between Time Warner and Direct TV but after a week of games tensions between the two corporations continue to rise. Earlier this week Time Warner Cable told the Los Angeles Times that Direct TV walked away from negotiations over the Dodger’s owned channel Sportsnet LA. Direct TV has denied Time Warner’s claims.
Until TimeWarner and Direct TV can come to an agreement on Sportsnet LA nearly 70 percent of Los Angeles will be unable to watch Dodgers games. Why have negotiations between these two companies been so unproductive? Is there any expected end to negotiations in sight? How will this impact the Dodger’s season?
Joe Flint, Entertainment Business Writer, Los Angeles Times