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Dodgers games to be available to a lot more cable subscribers soon

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In 2013 the Los Angeles Dodgers entered into a multi-billion TV deal with Time Warner to broadcast Dodgers games on what would eventually be known as SportsNet LA. Awesome!

The only problem: Time Warner — eventually Spectrum — required so much in rights fees from other cable carriers to make up for the billions it promised the Dodgers that the other carriers didn’t want to pay for the channel. The result: for the past six seasons a major chunk of the Dodgers’ fan base has been unable to see their team on TV, even if they wanted to. And, of course, since MLB blacks out local markets on MLB.tv, those fans can’t stream the games. Not awesome!

But now, some awesomeness is in the process of being restored:

That puts the channel on AT&T TV, DirectTV, U-verse TV, and AT&T TV NOW, which are all under the AT&T umbrella. It represents a very big uptick in availability for Dodgers games going forward.

At least once there are Dodgers games. Which there will be eventually.

Oakland Athletics reverse course, will continue to pay minor leaguers

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Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Oakland Athletics owner John Fisher has reversed course and will continue to pay minor leaguers. Fisher tells Slusser, “I concluded I made a mistake.” He said he is also setting up an assistance fund for furloughed employees.

The A’s decided in late May to stop paying paying minor leaguers as of June 1, which was the earliest date on which any club could do so after an MLB-wide agreement to pay minor leaguers through May 31 expired. In the event, the A’s were the only team to stop paying the $400/week stipends to players before the end of June. Some teams, notable the Royals and Twins, promised to keep the payments up through August 31, which is when the minor league season would’ve ended. The Washington Nationals decided to lop off $100 of the stipends last week but, after a day’s worth of blowback from the media and fans, reversed course themselves.