The cable operator has shelled out billions of dollars to snag the Los Angeles Lakers away from Fox Sports West and now has its eye on the Dodgers too. The company is tired of being held hostage by high-priced sports channels and has decided to stop fighting the competition and begin imitating it.
The cable operator, which has about 2 million subscribers in Southern California, is taking steps to cut out the middle man. Advertisement That middleman is News Corp. Prime Ticket has the Dodgers and Clippers.
Fox Sports operates 18 other sports networks around the country as well. Advertisers place a premium on sports content because viewers tend to watch it live as opposed to taping games to watch later and skipping ads.
Falk College of Sports Management. The costs have become prohibitive for over-the-air TV stations. Advertisement Acquiring sports rights is only half of the battle for Time Warner Cable.
The two channels are being sold as a package. Over the next few weeks, Time Warner Cable will open negotiations with other distributors.
Already some are expressing concern about being gouged. The hometown basketball team is the premier sports property in Los Angeles.
The Spanish-language channel will have its own identity and not just be a dubbed version of the English network. Time Warner Cable Deportes will have its own production teams for live sports and will carry boxing, wrestling and international soccer.
No, the question isn't, "When are they going to start making their free throws?
The two networks will have full-time staffers and some freelancers in El Segundo. A corporate lawyer by training, Rone chooses his words carefully and keeps his cards close to his vest.
Under its current agreement with the Dodgers, which will expire after the season ends, Fox has an exclusive day window to negotiate with the Dodgers starting Nov. A Fox Sports spokesman declined to comment. While Rone is trying to get two sports channels off the ground, Time Warner Cable Chief Executive Glenn Britt has expressed concern about the cost of regional sports networks for consumers and distributors.
In the sports world, such talk is considered blasphemy.