Angels MIA on TV

Talk about a FUBAR attempt by Moreno to hold out for more money in the Angels broadcast television deal. According to the Los Angeles Times and the Orange County Register (OK, I know, spare me the LA v. Anaheim name issue for a second) the Angels will only have 30 games on television and most away games will not be televised on Fox Sports Net.

Whoops!

According to the Register the Anaheim Angels (See, I’m still sticking to my editorial policy) may pursue deals with KCOP 13 to broadcast 50 Angels games and the rest to be televised on local KDOC (Yes, an Orange County TV Station). The caveat is that KDOC is not received by people who live in northern Los Angels County and I’m sure that’s the market that Arte was gunning for when he went with the crazy moniker of a name.

Meanwhile, the other baseball team to the north has all but three of their 162 game season televised on KCAL, FSN Prime Ticket (Another name change shuffle), and ESPN/Fox National telecast.

The question still on the table is if Moreno will resort to launching his own regional sports television network? Disney almost took this route when they owned the Angels as they wanted to launch ESPN West (the channel would have been the exclusive home of the Angels) but they experienced push back from cable operators who didn’t want to host another ESPN channel. In Baltimore, where the team was in the same market as the Nationals, the Orioles sued as the Nats infrigned on their broadcast rights in the Baltimore-Washington D.C. area.

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