January 24, 2013 |
How bad did Time Warner Cable want to get the TV rights to the Los Angeles Dodgers away from Fox Sports' Prime Ticket channel? So bad that the cable operator promised the team that it would cover fees from other distributors who don't sign on to carry the channel, people familiar with the deal said. The agreement is expected to be announced this week, perhaps later Thursday. In other words, if DirecTV, for example, does not sign on to carry the new Dodgers channel, Time Warner Cable will pay the subscription fees until a deal could be reached with the satellite broadcaster.
January 22, 2013 |
With Time Warner Cable putting the finishing touches on a new partnership with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the next question is what will happen to the team's current TV home, News Corp.'s Prime Ticket. Besides the Dodgers, Prime Ticket also has rights to the red-hot Clippers basketball franchise and Ducks hockey team. Its other Los Angeles sports channel -- Fox Sports West -- carries the Angels and Stanley Cup Champion Kings A Fox insider said there are no plans to consolidate Prime Ticket and Fox Sports West into one channel.
December 12, 2012 |
It's time for Magic Johnson to zip it. To recognize exactly where he is at this point in his illustrious life and what is important right now. Which is supposed to be the Los Angeles Dodgers. But there is something unseemly about the Dodgers holding consecutive press conferences this week, only for the biggest news for many media outlets to be Magic ripping the Lakers. It's too much. It is disrespectful. It needs to end. Magic needs to stop talking about the Lakers. Really, I think he should stop talking about the NBA. I think he never should have agreed to return this season as an NBA analyst for ABC. Now maybe you think this is like asking Beyonce to ugly it up a little.
December 3, 2012 |
They're afraid. They're very afraid. Of the Los Angeles Dodgers. More evidence of what a difference one year has made. Clubs are heading to Nashville this week, not with the hope of catching a glimpse of Connie Britton, but for the annual winter meetings. And although the Dodgers have few real obvious needs, they remain the one team other clubs figure will be most active this week. The logic is simple: They have the most money. Yep, just a little different from a year ago. The Dodgers' most desired addition is a significant starting pitcher, so everyone seems certain they will sign Zack Greinke . Possibly even this week.
November 18, 2012 |
Now, if you are the Los Angeles Dodgers and have determined you need an additional starting pitcher, what exactly do you do? Ah, the choices. Every other team fears you right now, not necessarily because of the team you've put together but because of a displayed willingness to spend whatever it takes to put it together. Like the Dodgers are operating with play money. This makes them very intimidating on the free-agent market. And to various degrees, the Dodgers have been linked to three free-agent starting pitchers - Zach Greinke, Anibal Sanchez and Hiroki Kuroda.
November 15, 2012 |
As News Corp.'s Fox Sports unit prepares to spend billions of dollars to keep television rights to the Los Angeles Dodgers, one has to wonder if the media giant has any pangs of regret over selling the team in the first place. News Corp. owned the Dodgers from 1998 to 2004. It paid $350 million to get the team from the O'Malley family and sold it for $430 million to Frank McCourt, who earlier this year sold it to private equity firm Guggenheim Partners for $2.1 billion. Now, if Fox Sports wants to keep the Dodgers on its Prime Ticket cable channel here, it will likely have to pay an average of at least $150 million a season.
October 31, 2012 |
The San Francisco Giants have won two of the last three World Series championships, but pitcher Brandon League said Wednesday the Dodgers would be "the team to beat next year. " "The Giants had a great year," League said. "They won the games they needed to win. But I think in 2013, the Los Angeles Dodgers are going to be the team everyone wants to beat or tries to beat. " The 29-year-old closer spoke to reporters on a conference call after he signed a $22.5-million, three-year deal with the Dodgers.
October 3, 2012 |
The day after, they counted their blessings. Anyway, they tried their little best. The 2012 Los Angeles Dodgers, last team eliminated from the postseason on Tuesday night, played their final game of the season Wednesday afternoon, mostly because it was required. It's understandable if their spirits were lagging, but out they went, even leaving with a 5-1 victory behind a final tough performance by Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw gave up only one run in his eight innings to finish with a 2.53 earned-run average -- best in the major leagues.
October 2, 2012 |
The Los Angeles Dodgers' playoff hopes aren't dead yet, but they are certainly dwindling. The Times' Dodgers writers Dylan Hernandez and Steve Dilbeck explained the team's playoff chances and what happened this season in a Google+ hangout on Tuesday. “It's a bit of a longshot,” said Hernandez explaining how the Dodgers' fate is no longer in their own hands. For the Dodgers to make the playoffs they have to win both of their remaining two games against the San Francisco Giants, who they face at home Tuesday at 7 p.m. and Wednesday at 4:15 p.m. Pacific time.
September 20, 2012 |
All bummed are you that since Frank McCourt sold the Dodgers for a record $2.15 billion - and kept half the parking lots! - he's disappeared from public view? Thought not. I, of course, miss him so. He was good for at least four easy posts a week. Now that he's a billionaire, doing whatever billionaires do, you're hoping he keeps doing it. Just as long as he stays away from the Southern California sports scene. Which is not to say he doesn't continue to have significant impact on Los Angeles professional sports.