The Los Angeles Dodgers recently inked an $8 billion dollar deal with Time Warner Cable, who now wants to force Dodger fans to pay an additional $8 dollars on their monthly bill to watch the team according to the New York Post.
While charging a monthly fee for a sports network isn’t unheard of, often times it’s put into a ‘sports package’ but Time Warner reportedly wants to include the increase in their expanded basic cable package, not in a more traditional sports setting.
The increase is only expected to be $5 dollars a month right now, though will eventually graduate into $8 dollars per month in five years.
Time Warner Cable has yet to start negotiations for the Dodgers network, named SportsNet LA, and already several pay-TV providers are balking at the expected asking price, sources said.
For the Dodgers channel, Time Warner Cable is expected to ask for $5 a month per subscriber, a fee that would escalate to $8 over five years, said a source with direct knowledge of the company.
By no stretch is this an approved plan, rather something the cable company is currently floating to other providers.
I have a hard time envisioning it going down as that’s a pretty dramatic increase, especially when it’s forced into an expanded basic cable package.