A large portion of Los Angeles is currently unable to watch the Dodgers due to ongoing television contract negotiations, and local legend Ice Cube is among those being left in the dark.
The Los Angeles Dodgers opened the 2015 MLB season with a win over the division rival San Diego Padres on Monday. Unfortunately, over 70 percent of fans in the Los Angeles area were unable to watch the game due to an ongoing standoff between cable television providers.
At the moment, Time Warner Cable is the only cable provider to carry SportsNet LA, the home of the Dodgers. Fans were affected by the negotiations last season as well, and the 2015 season appears to provide little hope.
Rapper-turned-actor and Los Angeles, Calif. legend Ice Cube is among the many Dodgers fans who are disappointed in the lack of a resolution.
The team lost an average of over 170,000 viewers a game from the prior season. A solution does not look like it will be coming anytime in the near future either, with cable television conglomerates Comcast and AT&T both in the middle of major pending mergers that are being reviewed by government regulators for at least the next couple of months.
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The negotiations have been a black eye for the Dodgers’ new ownership group, led by Magic Johnson, who are looking to move on from the controversial past of former owner Frank McCourt. McCourt brought headlines to the organization for the wrong reasons, as his final years owning the team were marred by a messy divorce scandal with his ex-wife Jamie.
For the Dodgers sake, hopefully this saga can finally reach a solution. In the meantime, fans will be missing the prime of 3-time Cy Young Award winner and 2014 American League MVP Clayton Kershaw’s career, as well as that of emerging star Yasiel Puig.
Perhaps the biggest loss for Dodgers fans, however, will be missing the end of Vin Scully’s Hall of Fame broadcasting career, who is entering his 66th season as the voice of the Dodgers. Scully has been with the Dodgers dating back to their days in Brooklyn, and all signs point towards his time with the team coming to an end in the near future.
While fans can always purchase tickets to see Puig, Kershaw and the team’s other big-name players, nothing will be able to replace listening to the legendary broadcaster’s final years calling Dodgers games.
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