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Selig Confident In Orioles-Nationals MASN Dispute Being Settled Before Retirement
Published July 16, 2014
L.A. STORY: Selig was more downbeat on the status of the Dodgers’ ongoing carriage issues following their record-setting rights deal to create Time Warner Cable SportsNet LA, and said he has been in contact with the involved stakeholders. Selig: “I have great concerns about it. I’ve spent a lot of time trying to be helpful" (Fisher). In this week's SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, John Ourand reports the Dodgers this season are "posting their lowest RSN ratings ever" with a 0.74 average local rating, down 70% from last year on FS Prime Ticket. The numbers also are "well below" those of the cross-town rival Angels. Ourand: "The reason for the ratings drop-off comes down to one word: distribution" (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 7/14 issue). In L.A., Bill Plaschke notes the feud between carriers "reached another ridiculous level Sunday when SportsNet LA took out a full-page ad" in the L.A. Times "to rip DirecTV." But fans "just want their Dodgers on TV, and they are going to ultimately hold the Dodgers responsible for an unnecessary and unworkable money grab from reckless SportsNet LA, which now has to charge untenable prices to DirecTV and other pay-TV operators to make this work." This is a "mess of historic proportions," and there "might be only a slim chance at a solution before the end of the season" (L.A. TIMES, 7/16).