Feb 28, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; A detailed view of a Los Angeles Dodgers hat and glove during a workout at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Dodgers fans might be forced to pay $8 dollars per month to watch team?

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.

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