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April 15, 2014
Re "Cable spat could end as a home run," Column, April 11 The new Dodgers owners paid Frank McCourt way too much for the team. Time Warner Cable subsequently signed an obscenely rich contract with the Dodgers, figuring it could make a bundle by gouging pay-TV subscribers for the next 25 years. We love our Dodgers. The owners of the Dodgers and Time Warner love our money. I refuse to ask my pay-TV provider to make a deal with Time Warner. Between the Dodgers raising ticket prices and cable providers continuously raising their rates, fans are tapped out. Watching many games on free TV, supported by the string of advertisements they made us watch, inspired Dodger fans to buy tickets to see the team live and stuff ourselves with incredibly expensive, low-quality food.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Time Warner Cable is starting to get more aggressive about wooing customers of rival pay-TV services to change providers if they want to see Dodger games. "Switch today and never miss a game," says a recent advertisement from the cable company, which is handling distribution for the Dodger-owned channel SportsNet LA. If watching the Dodgers is not enough of an enticement, Time Warner Cable is also offering a $300 Visa Reward Card. Until recently, Time Warner Cable steered clear of advertisements trying to convince people to switch to its service.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Most baseball fans have gotten used to having to shell out a few extra bucks to watch their team. But for Dodger loyalists, the decision of the team to move all of its games to SportsNet LA, a pay-TV channel starting this season is something of a rude awakening. That's because the number of games on a local broadcast station available free to viewers was far greater here than in just about every other city with a baseball team. Last year, KCAL-TV Channel 9 carried 49 Dodger games or almost one-third of all the games.
SPORTS
April 23, 2014 | Chris Erskine
On scratchy radios they listen to Vin Scully for a mere three innings, salvaging what they can of this aberrant young season, brimming with equal amounts promise and poison. "Come on," insists frustrated Dodgers fan Gary Mandell. "We are talking about a legendary announcer…. It's like taking the brushes away from Rembrandt. " There is the sense that maybe we shouldn't make a fuss at all, that the worst thing to do to this Dodgers front office right now is nothing. What if you blacked out 70% of your TV market in a cable standoff, and no one cared?
OPINION
May 8, 2009 | Mike Downey, Mike Downey is a former Times columnist.
It had to be the saddest Siete de Mayo in Chavez Ravine in many a year. Fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers have been placed on the 50-day disgusted list. They will be eligible to come off it in July. Man-of-many-surprises Manny Ramirez has been given the heave-ho. He just got busted by baseball's version of a narc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer and Bob Pool
Angelenos heading to Dodger Stadium should allow for extra time and avoid the northbound 5 Freeway, officials said. Traffic on the 5 Freeway in the Elysian Valley area was stopped Saturday morning when a tanker truck overturned and caught fire at a transition road tunnel at the  interchange of the 2 and 5 freeways , the California Highway Patrol reported. The northbound lanes of the 5 Freeway are closed and the wreck will not be cleared for quite a while, said CHP Officer Ed Jacobs.
SPORTS
February 17, 2001
Carlos Perez says "people are going to be scared" when they see him pitch. He's right. As a Dodger fan, nothing could scare me more than to see him headed to the mound. DAVE PARKER Venice
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Time Warner Cable is starting to get more aggressive about wooing customers of rival pay-TV services to change providers if they want to see Dodger games. "Switch today and never miss a game," says a recent advertisement from the cable company, which is handling distribution for the Dodger-owned channel SportsNet LA. If watching the Dodgers is not enough of an enticement, Time Warner Cable is also offering a $300 Visa Reward Card. Until recently, Time Warner Cable steered clear of advertisements trying to convince people to switch to its service.
SPORTS
October 10, 1992
What do Fred Claire and Ross Perot have in common? Neither one can answer a direct question. SUSAN CECILE, Long Beach
NEWS
April 2, 2000
$50-million stadium renovation adds three new field box sections, plus luxury suites and other great amenities. Upscale fans get great seats. Team gets more revenue.
SPORTS
April 17, 2014 | Chris Erskine
Bad TV deals are becoming a ruinous force, the Time Warner Cable deal the latest example, with Dodgers fans held hostage in yet another standoff. Welcome to America, 2014. It used to be copious bundles of advertising cash were once enough to keep TV and ballclubs afloat, now copious amounts of cable cash are required. Stop this train. I want to get off. Why isn't Bud Selig helping solve this fiasco? Where's L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti? We also have a couple of U.S. senators I haven't seen in maybe three years, and they are AWOL too. Feeling used or abandoned, Dodgers fans?
OPINION
April 15, 2014
Re "Cable spat could end as a home run," Column, April 11 The new Dodgers owners paid Frank McCourt way too much for the team. Time Warner Cable subsequently signed an obscenely rich contract with the Dodgers, figuring it could make a bundle by gouging pay-TV subscribers for the next 25 years. We love our Dodgers. The owners of the Dodgers and Time Warner love our money. I refuse to ask my pay-TV provider to make a deal with Time Warner. Between the Dodgers raising ticket prices and cable providers continuously raising their rates, fans are tapped out. Watching many games on free TV, supported by the string of advertisements they made us watch, inspired Dodger fans to buy tickets to see the team live and stuff ourselves with incredibly expensive, low-quality food.
SPORTS
April 15, 2014 | By Chris Erskine
Dodgers fans seeking to voice their frustration or confusion over the team's TV standoff are invited to a rally on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Short Stop bar in Echo Park . Times “Fan of the House” columnist Chris Erskine will host the free event, and has invited fans to voice their concerns or raise questions on the situation. Among the issues: Is the controversial TV deal, in which 70% of the market cannot view the team's games on TV, the Dodgers' fault, or that of Time Warner Cable?
SPORTS
April 4, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Ah, isn't that sweet? The big boys are arguing. Holding their breath and not going to play until … something. Time Warner Cable and DirecTV can't even agree on what they're not agreeing about. But they've drawn a line in the infield, or at least one side claims the other side did. Which it denies. Keep that scorecard handy. This isn't a negotiation, it's torture by rhetoric with fans on the rack. The new baseball season is almost a week old now and discussions between TWC and the other providers to broadcast the Dodgers' new 24/7 channel, SportsNet LA, appear to be broadening faster than you can say “Erisbel Arruebarrena.” Time Warner Cable officials told The Times' Joe Flint that DirecTV had ceased serious negotiations to carry SportsNet LA and been informed the satellite provider would not carry the Dodgers this year.
SPORTS
April 4, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Few dates on the baseball calendar can match a home opener for pomp, ceremony and excitement. Or, in the case of Dodger Stadium on Friday afternoon, for long lines, crowded concourses and Wi-Fi snafus. But for the legions of blue-and-white-clad loyalists, what happened in the stands likely rated as nothing more than minor inconveniences compared to what happened on the field, where sloppiness fueled an 8-4 loss to the division-leading San Francisco Giants. On the reserved level, some in the sellout crowd of 53,493 waited in concession lines for as long as 45 minutes.
SPORTS
April 4, 2014
L.A. has great sports fans. Uniquely loyal, yet never to be had. If Time Warner Cable thinks the notion "I need my Dodgers.com" even remotely resonates, they're advised to go back and review "I need my Rams & Raiders.com. " Anthony J. Moretti Lomita :: I realize that this full-page ad for Dodgers baseball on SportsNet L.A. is big money, but, I, for one, don't want my cable bill to go up, even one more dollar, in order to pay over-salaried players. To my TV provider, I'm willing to "miss this" and attend a few games in the season at Chavez Ravine instead.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 1, 2014 | By Joe Flint and Saba Hamedy
Dodgers fans who want to watch this afternoon's game against the Padres but don't have the team's new channel SportsNet LA might have to go park themselves at bar to catch the action. But don't just assume that every bar and restaurant will have the Dodgers; many have only DirecTV, and the satellite service is yet to cut a deal with Time Warner Cable for SportsNet LA. Although the Dodgers own SportsNet LA, Time Warner Cable is the channel's distribution partner. “It's definitely frustrating for us,” said AJ Sacher, regional manager for Barney's Beanery, which has six locations in the Los Angeles area but only one (West Hollywood)
SPORTS
March 4, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
If you're a Dodgers fan, you know somebody like Brian Gadinsky. Chances are, you may even be like Brian Gadinsky. The TV producer moved to Los Angeles on an October day in 1988. The next night, Kirk Gibson hit the home run, and Gadinsky has been hooked ever since. He has season tickets on the reserved level. He is neither famous nor entitled, he is just an average guy with a powerful passion about a team that has come to represent his love for his city. When Frank McCourt's regime began to slowly burn, Gadinsky angrily canceled his tickets.
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