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Kasten Expresses Frustration With Lack Of RSN Distribution As New Season Gets Under Way
Published March 28, 2014
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TIME TO BITE THE BULLET: In L.A., Tom Hoffarth writes the "most popular decision" the Dodgers could make right now "would be for someone in charge to realize that, for whatever business reasons they made in assigning TWC the task to do all the distribution deals, now is the time to take real ownership of the channel and make sure everyone has it." Hoffarth: "At any cost." Maybe the Dodgers "are banking on a heightened anticipation of a World Series appearance in 2014 to stir the undercurrent for channel begging." But the "wet blanket thrown over it is the demeaning realization that, in what could be" Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully’s 65th and "final season of calling games, they’ve created a self-inflicted wound" (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 3/28).
WAITING GAME: In California, Michael Hewitt writes for Dodgers fans, the switch from most games being on broadcast TV and FS West last season to being solely on the Dodgers' RSN and nationally televised games this season "is a jarring change," but "also an inevitable one." The Dodgers' move "is part of the larger trend to push sports broadcasting off of free TV and onto pay services." Carriage distribution deals for SportsNet LA "will get done," as the "only question is how long the fans will have to wait." This is "similar to what happened in 2012, when the Lakers moved to the new Time Warner channels." The season "began with some carriers holding out, although nearly everyone had signed on by the seventh game." Hewitt: "What can Dodgers fans do in the meantime? Not much" (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 3/28).