I was recently reading an article about the McCourt divorce in the Los Angeles Times and they referenced many times that the Dodgers have been looking into creating their own television network similar to YES and NESN called DTV (or DodgerTV). This reminded me of Arte's negotiations with Fox in 2006 and there were rumors surfacing then, that the Angels might create their own network if negotiations faltered. Of course, we all know how the Angels TV deal with Fox turned out (10 years, $500 million), and that deal put the idea of the Angels having their own network to rest until at least 2016. Even with their TV deal running through the 2015 season, I would have to make the assumption that the idea of an Angels television network is still in the back of Arte's mind being that the Angels would probably bring in significantly more revenue with their own network. Now, with the Dodgers exploring their own network to launch in 2014, and the Angels probably weighing their options for 2016, I wonder if this could be the end of the Fox Sports Network in Southern California. Although it seems possible that both teams may have their own network within the next six years, the Dodgers organization is in great turmoil right now and it seems to me, that they would not have the funds to launch their own YES type network—the Angels, on the other hand, seem to be financially secure enough to be able to launch something this massive, however, that 2016 date also coincides with the Anaheim Stadium opt-out, so could Arte and co. be focusing on other, bigger issues?
Anyway, I personally think that the Dodgers, with the problems that are going on in that organization will stay put and continue to broadcast on FSN while I think the Angels will establish their own network in 2016.
Here's how I think it'll be:
Angels TV network: Angels, Ducks (they'll jump on board immediately, like they did with AM 830), and possibly the Lakers
FSN: Dodgers, Clippers, Kings.
Note: This is pure speculation.
LA Times Links:
In 2016, what will sports television look like?
Angels and Dodgers both have their own network. (17 votes)
Angels have their own network, Dodgers are still on FSN. (33 votes)
Dodgers have their own network, Angels are still on FSN. (15 votes)
Angels and Dodgers are still on FSN. (43 votes)
108 total votes