The launching this week of a video-on-demand channel by the Dodgers and Time Warner Cable has triggered a dispute between the team and Major League Baseball.
In question is: Did the Dodgers have the right to establish such a channel with a cable company?
According to an e-mail sent to all major league clubs Friday by Bob DuPuy, chief operating officer of Major League Baseball, they did not.
A copy of DuPuy's e-mail, obtained by The Times, said cable and satellite video on demand is still under review.
"That is why when clubs have submitted local broadcast agreements for review," the e-mail read, "the question of VOD has been put on hold."
MLB, through an advance media division established in 2000, controls all of the team websites and other "interactive media."
As to whether a video-on-demand channel such as "Dodgers on Demand" is defined as interactive media is the crux of the dispute.