SportsNet LA, the Dodgers' new broadcasting network, is scheduled to go live one week from today, but thousands of fans may be left in the dark. Joe Flint of the Los Angeles Times reports Time Warner Cable still does not have deals in place with other cable and satellite distributors like DirecTV.

Time Warner is responsible for distributing the channel and since they paid such a high price for the team's broadcasting rights -- reportedly $8.25 billion across 25 years -- they're asking a lot of money from other providers. The cost will eventually trickle down to fans' cable bills.

"Time Warner Cable has unilaterally decided to pay an unprecedented high price and now wants all of their own customers as well as those of their competitors, none of which who had any say in the matter, to pick up that tab," said Dan York, DirecTV's chief content officer.
Flint says the initial cost of SportsNet LA is less than $5 per month, but the cost will quickly escalate. Some cable providers said they would only carry the network if they could offer it on an "a la carte" basis to customers who want to pay extra for Dodgers' programming.