Say Hello to “SportsNet LA”; Billions of Dollars

dodger_money_tvBig news this morning — Time Warner and the Dodgers have officially announced their deal, so get used to saying “SportsNet LA”. From the press release:

The Los Angeles Dodgers ownership group created American Media Productions, LLC (AMP) in December 2012 to launch a new Los Angeles Dodgers regional sports network. Today, AMP announced its plans for SportsNet LA, the new regional television home for the Los Angeles Dodgers beginning with the 2014 Major League Baseball season. In addition to being the exclusive local home for all of the Dodger games, SportsNet LA will provide comprehensive behind-the-scenes Dodger programming, featuring more insights, analysis and commentary about the team than ever available before.

“SportsNet LA” doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue — I’m guessing that much like how “SportsNet New York” is only ever referred to as “SNY”, this is going to be “SLA” or “SNLA” — but it’s an interesting choice of name. When Frank McCourt originally had this idea several years ago, he’d had the name “DTV” (i.e., “Dodger TV”) in mind, and the lack of Dodger branding here could indicate that there’s going to be more than just baseball on this channel. Not that I really have a problem with that; if the Dodgers are the primary tenant, then who cares if we’re seeing the Galaxy or UCLA or high school sports or whomever they sign up to fill some air space in the dead zone.

Back to the release..

Mark Walter, Chairman of the Los Angeles Dodgers, said, “We concluded last year that the best way to give our fans what they want – more content and more Dodger baseball – was to launch our own network. The creation of AMP will provide substantial financial resources over the coming years for the Dodgers to build on their storied legacy and bring a World Championship home to Los Angeles. Just as we are actively transforming the team and the stadium, we want the Dodgers to be exhibited on the very best sports network in the country – one that will provide an unrivaled fan experience.”

Todd Boehly, a principal owner of AMP, said, “We are greatly pleased that Time Warner Cable, the largest distributor in the marketplace, has come aboard to support the Dodgers and SportsNet LA as our charter distributor. Their presence in Los Angeles will be invaluable in helping us serve Dodger fans and our community with excellence.”

“We are delighted to support the Dodgers and their ownership group in their launch of SportsNet LA. The Dodgers have one of the most passionate and loyal audiences in sports, and we look forward to helping deliver this new network to their fans,” said David Rone, President of Time Warner Cable Sports. “This deal, like our Lakers’ deal, furthers our efforts to attain greater certainty and control over local and regional sports programming costs.”

Not pictured: FOX crying in the fetal position in the corner.

Here’s what we still don’t know:

1) The final dollar amount. I’m guessing the number falls in the $7-$8 billion range over 25 years, which, wow.

2) Who/how it’s being carried. The release indicates that Time Warner “will carry the new network for its customers throughout Southern California and Hawaii under a long-term affiliation deal”. If you live in those areas and already have Time Warner, you’re probably set, albeit with a slightly higher cable bill. What’s unclear at this point is how it will land for everyone else; other cable carriers in California will have to negotiate to carry this channel — an often contentious prospect, as we’ve seen with the Lakers, Padres, and several others — and fans outside of the area are still a very open question. It’s possible that it also lands on a satellite network or some other national carrier (I get Cubs games on WGN for some reason in my cable package) but those are still details to be worked out. Point is, it’s too soon for hand-wringing, much of which I’ve already seen.

3) The fate of free over-the-air games. I’ve long assumed that the weekly free games on KCAL would be dead, and no, that’s not greed — that’s an industry trend that’s been happening for years. A few days ago Bill Shaikin indicated the Dodgers were considering discussing a smaller deal with FOX that would keep some amount of games on free TV, but there’s no mention of it here. In fact, the press release calls the new network “the exclusive local home” of all games, so that’s probably our answer right there.

4) MLB approval. At the bottom of the release is a small line, nearly an afterthought. “The agreement with TWC is subject to certain closing conditions”. Shaikin reports that the hangup here is that the Dodgers still need to settle with MLB on how much of this deal is subject to revenue sharing, an issue we’ve been hearing about for some time. That’s still to be determined, though I’m guessing it won’t be so much of a problem that MLB would actually stand in the way of a deal that is A) now publicly announced and B) about to raise the valuation of the sport significantly.

More to come on this, no doubt. What a great time to be a Dodger fan.

626 comments
yapoc
yapoc

The tag line should be:

"All Vin Scully, all the time"

 

Programming:

"Pull up a Chair" Vin Scully interviews

"Back in the Brooklyn days"  History Shows

"Jerry Doggett Bloopers"

"Stats with Ross Porter"

 

and for the "I can't sleep" crowd:

"Bedtime stories with Uncle Charlie Steiner"

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

okay, let's get to Billingsley. NEW POST.

HarryDoyle
HarryDoyle

ooh.  my top ad right now is for history books.  I really am that boring.

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

While listening to my music, I realized I know every word of Payback by Slayer. I'm glad I've put my memory to good use

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

It just dawned on me that I should really go into graphic design

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

Goddamnit. Jerry Sands isnt a Dodger. fuck

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

You guys got me thinking about good music, now I'll be listening to this stuff all night. Anyone here ever heard of RKL? Those who know Lagwagon may have

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@HarryDoyle I rarely visit on a real browser, but when I do most of my ads are for sign posts.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@Mike Petriello Rabble.

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

 @DBrim  Every time I see tweets about Cruz being implicated for PED use, I'm all, 'AH-HA!!... oh, Nelson."

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

 @Disgruntled Goat  That's why I love it, the only connection is band members. The sounds of the 2 bands are so far apart, but still awesome in their own ways

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

 @HiiiiEVERYBODY Pretty cool punk/metal band from Santa Barbara. 3 of the members are from Lagwagon, a completely different kind of sound. If you like the genre, I recommend!

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@Mike Petriello Wouldn't change my opinion on lack of impact caused by PEDs.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @DeucesWild hm. still sounds more appealing than research. I realize now that science is a joke.

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

 @EephusBlue The projects they give you are a blast. One project was designing your own dollar bill. I made mine with the Fonz on the bill and said "In the Fonz We Trust." The real thing was designing business cards and logos

Lobo
Lobo

 @darknesssss I think it was based on actual events but it still bugged me.  A 10 year old could have seen the flaw in their plan pretty quickly.  If you're a small force against a much larger one you never want to tackle them head on.  Best tactic to have used in their case would have been guerilla warfare.  Hit patrols quickly and hard to slowly decimate the French Army over time.  And with that I'm going to bed.  I'll leave you with one movie recommendation Jake, Perks of Being a Wallflower.  I saw it Sunday night and it gave Django a serious run for being my favorite movie that came out last year.  It's a pretty damn incredible movie and I would imagine you'll like it, especially given that the characters are all right around your age.

MSTIer: Jake
MSTIer: Jake

 @Lobo I thought Sacha Baron Cohen was alright, not incredible though. I didnt really like the rendition of Master of the House but the scene was funny. The revolution thing is kinda dumb but I thought it was based on actual events so I have no idea

Lobo
Lobo

 @darknesssss I have no idea if the book does it differently all I know is that I didn't really care about either Javert or Valjean because we're just thrown into the middle of the story without ever really learning much about the characters.  And while I do agree the costumes were nice and some of the numbers were staged well (namely every single second that Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter were on screen, couldn't stop laughing at them) but the rest of the direction was just really clumsy.  Oh and another thing and I know it's a serious nitpick but that revolution was about the worst planned uprising ever.  "I know!  Let's build a barricade that gives us no means of escape or restocking on food, water, or even ammunition for our guns and take on an army that has thousands more soldiers and cannons!"

MSTIer: Jake
MSTIer: Jake

 @Lobo well i understand the first thing. but A) is it done differently in the novel? and B) Is either characters back story really all that important? I understood both characters pretty well I felt and I didnt even know Javert's back story at all. I mean the 'tragedy of valjeans fall from grace' is the beginning of the movie so I dont think its meant to be very impactful. 

 

secondly, I disagree completely with the other point. I thought the cinematography was really really well done. Every set, every costume, every scene looked really good imo. For example I thought "At the end of the day" looked incredible as well "Lovely Ladies" each really captured the feeling of a stage performance. I guess they did close up a lot, but i didnt notice it and I never thought it was excessive

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

les mis is amazing in theater. on screen? blah gross. wont even waste my time

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

might as well lip sync it. just because Hollywood likes it doesnt make it a tour de force of talent

Lobo
Lobo

 @Super Bowl + You're really saying that three classic movies are terrible?

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

see it in the theater or its a waste of time and effort.

Lobo
Lobo

 @Super Bowl + I meant what about musicals that were movies first a la Singin' in the Rain, West Side Story, and The Wizard of Oz.

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

ruins the entire idea of a musical. acoustically, emotionally. might as well lip sync in front of the President

Lobo
Lobo

 @darknesssss Mainly it's 2 things.  First is the two main characters.  My problem with them isn't the performances or the characters themselves per se.  It's the back stories.  For both characters you're just flat out told where they came from.  With Valjean, you just are told that he was from the streets but was a noble man before he was forced to steal to feed his family.  With Javert, he says one line about how he was from the slums but rose to power and that's it.  That doesn't invest me in either character, we don't get to appreciate the tragedy of Valjean's fall from grace or the triumph of Javert's rise to power before he becomes the bastard that he is so I don't care as much about either character.  Second, the direction of the movie is horrendously bad.  Every shot is either an extreme closeup of someone singing or a wide angle shot with the camera tilted.  There's absolutely no originality in any of the shots.  I can understand the closeups because it supposedly makes the performance more intimate, but that only works the first couple times, when the entire movie is shot like that you can't help but think "Damn, these people really need to find a good dermatologist."

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

musicals are for theater. a movie of a musical is blasphemy

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

@darknesssss @Lobo 1. it's a musical 2. My first point 3. That is all.

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

 @DeucesWild 'first four years' is my fave. so raw and fast. later shit like slip it in, kinda lost me. rollins is sort of a douche, i guess. 

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

 @DeucesWild no, no, and most definitely. DK's, minor threat, circle jerks, early black flag, angry samoans, reagan youth.. etc. 

 

iz old. 

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

 @DeucesWild i'm a product of 80's california hardcore. skinny little skate punk turned skinny old cyclist.