There is an angry Fox loose in L.A. today – not the animal but the television network.
It has been confirmed that Time Warner Cable (TWC) has won the television rights to carry the Dodgers new television channel, having outbid Fox Sports (News Corps) who have held the broadcasting rights for the Dodgers for more than a decade.
Guggenheim Baseball Management Group, which owns the Dodgers, will control the new “SportsNet LA” channel, thus making the Dodgers the latest in a series of sports franchises to own all or part of their own regional sports network.
The move assures the Dodgers of ongoing television profits, this in addition to the extremely lucrative revenue from TWC that is reportedly worth between $7 and $8 billion dollars over the next 25 years.
The existing contract with Fox will expire at the conclusion of the Dodgers 2013 season, which brings up the burning question - will an obviously angry Fox become a lame duck? By this I mean will they basically “phone it in” and provide substandard service to the Dodgers and, more importantly, to the millions of viewers who will be watching Dodger games on Fox’s PrimeTicket throughout the 2013 season?
The very thought of Fox sabotaging their Dodger broadcasts defies all common sense and logic and would be nothing short of unprofessional (and undoubtedly would subject them to liability). Having befriended several of the Fox/PrimeTicket cameramen and other Fox employees this past season, I simply cannot fathom the idea that Fox would ever stoop to anything so low. But with that being said, you can be certain that those at a much higher pay grade at Fox are extremely upset and hurt over this entire thing.
…and you know what they say about a wounded animal.