There wasn’t much news attached to Monday’s official announcement that the Dodgers had finalized their deal with Time Warner Cable, nothing that wasn’t known already.
The 25-year contract starts after the following season and is reportedly worth $7 billion to $8 billion.
Mostly it left the same old questions: Will the deal gain Major League Baseball approval, will there be other sports programming on the channel, will there be a Spanish-language outlet, will there be any games on free television?
But here’s another question: Twenty-five years?
If only most marriages could last that long. Who commits for a quarter of a century? Why would either party want a deal so long? There seems genuine risk for both.
It’s easily a record deal for now, but the way things are changing in the broadcast and cable industry, who knows how it will hold up 20 years from now or even 10 years?