Dodgers’ SportsNet launch reinforces lack of MLB TV access in L.A.

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first_imgIf there was a prefab flow chart to graphically represent all the blowback expected from the launch of the Dodgers’ SportsNet L.A. channel, connecting the dots on the rising anxiety levels are probably right on schedule.The caustic arrival of the Dodgers-owned channel some 11 days ago, still unavailable to any TV home outside of Time Warner Cable’s two-million Southern California subscriber base, may have been only temporarily sidestepped Thursday. Dodgers fans were able to execute an end around with access to a televised exhibition appearance courtesy of their opponent, the Angels, and ironically had it shown on the Dodgers’ former Prime Ticket home channel.(And enough cameras were apparently handy for the umpires to nullify Mike Scioscia’s replay challenge of Mike Trout being called out trying to stretch a Yasiel Puig misplay in center field into an inside-the-park homer).Two weeks remain before the Dodgers’ first regular-season telecasts, and grass-roots social media campaigns have surfaced as probably anticipated to counteract any of the #INeedMyDodgers marketing slogans. Roger Arrieta, a graphic designer from West Covina, launched one on his blog, Facebook and Twitter accounts, punctuated by a design he created showing a fan with an L.A. cap covered in a blindfold under the heading: “Dodger Fans Held Hostage.”“It’s like we’re all being held hostage by billion-dollar companies, and as fans, we know it is what it is, we’re going to see our bills go higher, but why can’t they just get it done?” said Arrieta, a 41-year-old who saw what he could accomplish with his “Save the Dodgers” social media movement several years ago, when former owner Frank McCourt went into bankruptcy.Meanwhile, the emails from readers show confusion, consternation and concern.“As a senior citizen who can no longer afford to attend the games, I have avidly followed the Dodgers on television, and have been a loyal fan since their arrival in 1958,” writes Bill Waxman of Simi Valley. “I am not a Time Warner Cable subscriber, and I have found that, unless things change, I am going to be shut out from watching the games.“To the Dodgers owners who put this agreement into place, you should be ashamed of yourselves for marginalizing a significant fan base already shut out by exorbitant parking, ticket, and concession prices. You should be embarrassed for yielding to the clarion call of profit margin over accessibility. You should be disconcerted by not only the number of current fans, but future fans who will not grow up with the Dodgers as their primary team because your deal won’t let them come into the homes and hearts of non-Time Warner subscribers.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Janet Kirkman, a 77-year-old Charter Cable customer from Glendale, adds: “I cannot believe that I’ve already missed exhibition games. I have attempted to get ahold of Charter several times. One time, I thought I had someone who could help but, get this, she didn’t even know who the Dodgers were and didn’t know anything about baseball — only football and soccer. My hopes sunk.”And this, from people who have decided to take on a monthly cable or dish bill that’s comparable to a regular car loan repayment.Los Angeles may be the No. 2 TV market in the country with 5.7 million homes, but almost 750,000 of that (13 percent) continue to use antennas on their roofs or rabbit ears on their sets for signal reception. That is the greatest number of antenna homes in the country, almost 300,000 more than runner-up Chicago, and it doesn’t come close to the 270,000 that exist in the No. 1 TV market of New York, which has 7.5 million homes.Make your own educated guesses as to what areas of Southern California these antenna families live, and how many of them make up a loyal part of the Dodgers’ fan base from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds.After 50-plus years of having a decent number of games available on over-the-air TV — 50 of them, plus three exhibition games, were on KCAL-Channel 9 last season, purchased from Prime Ticket’s inventory — there will be none this year under the Dodgers’ game plan.L.A. has become the only major market to not have over-the-air games accessible from its local teams.In New York, the Yankees may co-own their YES Network, but they also sell off 21 games on WWOR. The Mets, with their SNY channel, have 29 games on WPIX.In No. 3 market Chicago, the Cubs have 80 over-the-air games and the White Sox put 55 more on WGN and WCIU, in addition to their cable packages. In No. 4 market Philadelphia, the Phillies’ Comcast cable deal allows for 12 games on WCAU. In No. 5 market Dallas, the Rangers have 21 games on KTXA. In No. 6 market San Francisco, the Giants have 15 games on KNTV.The reason teams do it should be obvious — teams should not want to cut off fans who can only access TV games through the most primitive of means. These are loyal supporters who wear the gear and may actually attend a game as a family once in a while.Why alienate that contingency? If the response is that there will be enough Dodgers games carried on Fox’s national package, think again. Fox announced last week that as it tries to funnel more viewers to its Fox Sports 1 cable channel, it is moving more games it used to have on KTTV-Channel 11. The first Dodgers national over-the-air telecast isn’t until May 31. The Dodgers-Giants game on April 5 is on FS1.The same kind of roadblocks are forced when any Dodger game makes it to ESPN, including the re-boot of the regular season on Sunday, March 30 in San Diego.The notion of a “free” Dodgers game on TV any longer is a complete misnomer.True enough, the Angels have no more over-the-air games on their Fox Sports West package either. Nor do the Lakers go free any longer during their second year of buying into Time Warner Cable SportsNet. You can say it’s just the way of doing business these days.For the Dodgers, however, who are in the process of asking the L.A. City Council about stadium improvements or land development, how will that fly in the coming years? Will constituents in the council districts who don’t see the Dodgers any longer be muffled in the process?Arrieta, who says he remembers growing up as a kid in Southern California appreciating the fact he could watch Dodger games on KTTV, KCOP, KTLA and KCAL, is among the million-plus in Southern California who are currently out of luck with DirecTV. He doesn’t plan to switch to the Dish network, which has no plans of picking up SportsNet L.A.Arrieta lives in Time Warner Cable territory if he decided to switch, right across the street that marks a borderline from the have-nots of the Charter Cable region.“They’re telling us to go to and demand it, but who knows what actually happens there,” said Arrieta, who said he watched Thursday’s Dodgers-Angels exhibition game on his smartphone via a Slingbox app while he was a work. “If I tweet something to the CEO of Dish or DirecTV, how do I know they’ll see it?“People on the blog and Facebook and Twitter are trying to put the blame on someone. To me, the blame is shared. But at this point, I don’t care. Just get the damn games on.” [email protected]@tomhoffarth on TwitterRECORD, PAUSE, DELETE Gauging the media’s high- and low-level marks of the week, and what’s ahead: THE FIVE-YEAR MARKKTLA-Channel 5’s run as the TV home for the Los Angeles Marathon enters year five with coverage of Sunday’s event (6-to-11 a.m. with pre- and post-race shows), and if station manager and VP John Moczulski has any input, the relationship will be a long one. “We were fortunate to get this race and we have no intention of giving it up,” Moczulski said Thursday. “We feel we’ve been part of the fabric of L.A. local sports for a long time, the ratings have been great and our sponsors love being part of it. It’s a little wackiness and a slice of life in L.A., and that’s what this is all about.” Derrin Horton acts as the studio anchor with Toni Reavis and Deena Kastor. Pac-Cam reporters include Andy Potts, Juli Benson and Ed Eyestone, and the course reporters include Gayle Anderson, Chris Schauble, Megan Henderson, Lu Parker, Eric Spillman, Mark Kriski and Chris Burrous. Some 130 production people and nearly two dozen cameras, several of which will hopscotch along the marathon path to pick up and continue coverage, are involved in the telecast, said Moczulski. “As long as there isn’t three inches of rain, which we had three years ago, and may provide good ratings for people who stay at home and watch, but it sure does make for difficult coverage,” he said.WINTER GAMES, TAKE TWONBC Spots Net’s live coverage of the inspirational 2014 Paralympic Winter Games from Sochi, Russia, go straight from the opening ceremony on Friday at 8 a.m. to the alpine skiing downhill at 10 a.m. The NBCSN studio show from Stamford, Conn., hosted Carolyn Manno, has a recap of the day’s events in a three-hour window starting at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. A highlight during the first week of coverage is the defending gold-medal U.S. sled hockey team facing Russia in the final qualifying game (Tuesday, noon). NBC will take the sled hockey gold-medal game to KNBC-Channel 4 on Saturday, March 15 at 3 p.m. Jim Watson will be part of the play-by-play team calling games involving the U.S., led by goaltender Steve Cash. The St. Louis native, who did not allow a goal in five sled hockey games during the 2010 Vancouver Paralympic tournament, was diagnosed with bone cancer in his right knee and had amputation surgery at age 3. The American roster includes two Purple Heart recipients: Marine Corps veteran Josh Sweeney from San Antonio, a bilateral amputee after being injured by an explosive in 2009 while in Afghanistan, serves as an alternate captain. Army veteran Rico Roman had his left leg amputated above the knee when injured by an explosive in Iraq in 2007.A TWO-FOR-ONE SWAPNot many Fox insiders would expand on who else was in the running for the lead MLB analyst role after Tim McCarver retired, but the announcement this week that Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci would be brought in starting on the Dodgers-Giants April 5 coverage on FS1 from Dodger Stadium didn’t seem to surprise play-by-play man Joe Buck. It only took one practice broadcast together in St. Louis late last year for Buck to say that “I can tell you literally, within five minutes, this was going to be the combination if my opinion had anything to do with it.” Fox Sports boss Eric Shanks said his choice of Reynolds and Verducci was “probably, at least in my time here, the biggest decision I have been a part of at Fox.” Reynolds said he will continue doing studio work at the MLB Network on weekdays, while Verducci stays at the MLB Network as well as writing for Sports Illustrated. Fox will have an assortment of backup teams with Kenny Albert and Thom Brennaman on play-by-play and Eric Karros as an analyst, with the possibility of John Smoltz joining them as well. A new studio team of Kevin Burkhardt, Frank Thomas, Gabe Kapler, Karros and C.J. Nitkowski will also be included on the Fox coverage.ONLINE: More media notes on Tom Hoffarth’s blog:

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