The Dodgers, filled to the brim with talent, figure to soon embark on another magical year. A season that will most likely produce another assortment of milestones and accomplishments. The question remains, how many Dodger Fans will be able to see it all happen?
With Spring Training fully underway, many uncertainties around the game remain. From the controversial pace of play initiatives the MLB has introduced, to the drama over the various talented unsigned free agents, all the way to Tim Tebow, there seems to be no shortage of topics worthy of debate.
Somewhat lost in all this, is the Dodgers still murky Television future, as Eric Stephen recently pointed out. We are unbelievably about to embark on year five in which millions of Dodger faithful will be without regular season access to their beloved blue. It’s especially disheartening when you realize that these last five years were the best the franchise has been in decades. Eric Stephen writes:
"That means no DirecTV, no AT&T U-verse, no Verizon Fios, no DISH Network and no dice to watch Dodgers games unless you are a Charter subscriber. This ongoing debacle is now in its fifth year of a 25-year, $8.35 billion television contract the Dodgers reached with then-Time Warner Cable."
We are in the midst of one of the richest periods in Dodger history. A period that somehow, could now prove harmful to the future of the franchise. It now seems that a future generation of Dodger fans could be lost with five years soon to be passed and no new deal on the horizon. Although the team has yet to win the final game of the season, there have been a myriad of legendary Dodger moments that were missed by millions. Just a few of those lost memories include:
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- Clayton Kershaw’s dazzling no-hitter in 2014. That wasn’t the only Dodger no-hitter either that season.
- Zack Greinke’s marvelous 2015 season, in which he produced the highest Dodger WAR since Koufax in ‘63
- The final season of Dodger treasure Vin Scully
- The breakout All-Star and Rookie of the Year 2016 season produced by Corey Seager
- The record setting All-Star and Rookie of the Year 2017 season by Cody Bellinger.
- The 2017 season in which the Dodgers won the most games in LA history.
- The Dodgers won their division every one of these years
Fans likely had access to watching the Dodger’s first run to the World Series in several decades. However, more Dodger history looks to be lost in 2018 and beyond. Eric Stephen noted that Charter believes they have made “a fair offer”, and Direct TV just doesn’t have much interest in paying the price to carry the Dodgers.
This season could mark the first back-to-back 100+ win season in LA Dodger history. Though unlikely, 2018 could also feasibly mark the end of Clayton Kershaw’s Dodger tenure. Who knows what megastars the team could bring in during the 2018 Free Agent bonanza? It’s heartbreaking to think that more Dodger history could be lost to fans, perhaps for years to come. As distributors continue to fail to come to terms on a deal, the Dodger faithful are the ones paying the price.