Get ready for a whole lot of Los Angeles Dodgers starting in 2014.
The Dodgers formally announced their new regional sports network in partnership with Time Warner Cable called SportsNet LA. Pending MLB approval, the deal is for 25 years and will be worth between $7-8 billion for the Dodgers, according to the LA Times. It ends a long back-and-forth affair between the Dodgers, Time Warner and Fox Sports on the future home of the baseball team after their contract ended later this year.
“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,” Dodgers chairman Mark Walter said in a statement. “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.”
It will be business as usual for the 2013 season with Prime Ticket and KCAL 9 handling the broadcast duties. But if Time Warner Cable SportsNet has taught us anything, it means you probably shouldn’t expect to see the Dodgers on Opening Day 2014.
The subscription fee is expected to cost $5 — almost a $1 more than SportsNet charged cable providers for the Lakers, Sparks and Galaxy. Unlike the Lakers deal, this doesn’t include a Spanish-language channel.