Lawmakers, having cured all else that ails us, have now turned their high beams on this
Not that we don't applaud their efforts this week. First, they called on the
Time Warner Cable is seeking $4 to $5 a customer per month for Dodgers coverage, with the price rising annually.
By nature a futurist, by default an optimist, I support these Hail Mary attempts to prod the process along. Yet, you probably realize this isn't about something as simple as the monthly price. It's about cable and satellite providers taking a stand against Dodgers games being ram-rodded down disinterested viewers' throats. When
This is about principle, not money, something fuzzier and more difficult for many corporations to embrace.
Couldn't see this coming? Yes, you could, the moment News Corp. executive Chase Carey pushed back from the poker table during the TV bidding process. "Too rich for our blood," he explained at the time.
Too rich for everyone, as it turns out. Now Carey, who did executive stints with the Dodgers and DirecTV, looks like the smartest tycoon in the room (though we still won't forgive him for the Mike Piazza trade).
"A lot of people already feel their cable bills are too high," says Hahn, whose father helped lure the Dodgers to Los Angeles in the late 1950s.
She said asking the FCC to step in to mediate the dispute — technically, an act of Congress — at least seemed like a start.
"In a do-nothing Congress, it felt good to finally do something," she said.
"I know that people are angry and outraged," she said. "I know that when my dad thought about bringing the Dodgers here to L.A., it was for the fans."
These days, when it comes to sports deals, the fans never finish first anymore. They come after corporate bottom lines and player unions, vendor profits, regional networks and even parking revenue.
Ever wonder why the light rail line brushes within eyesight of
The bad news: After epic flooding, water-main repairs will close Sunset Boulevard near
The good news:
Speaking of titles, odds to win the Pac-12 football championship, according to Bovada, the online sports book:
It is awful enough the two goons in the Bryan Stow case received less than five years in prison for destroying his life, but add to the injustice the civil jury's awarding the poor victim less than what Dodgers lawyers were willing to settle for.
Just $15 million? Should have given the guy twice that, right out of
Is the upcoming Dodgers-
Pro football? Don't forget the KISS?
OK, forget the KISS.