It’s opening day for Major League Baseball, but Los Angeles Dodgers fans will find it hard to celebrate. There’s “no resolution that I’m aware of that’s imminent” to the dispute between pay TV distributors and Time Warner Cable — which owns SportsNet LA — that prevents most viewers from watching the bulk of the team’s broadcasts, Dodgers CEO Stan Kasten told CNBC today. “We have been involved in a daily basis behind the scenes” to persuade cable and satellite companies to pay a monthly fee estimated at close to $5 per subscriber. “There’s nothing the Dodgers haven’t considered. … For us to still have this many fans that are unhappy is a difficult blow for us.”
What about Forbes‘ recent estimate that the Dodgers are worth $2.4 billion, with revenues of $403 million last year — and its 25-year, $8.35 billion deal with TWC funding “the richest payroll in baseball”? “I never discuss dollars publicly because it’s all about winning and playing on the field,” Kasten says.