Time Warner Cable has snagged the television rights to the Los Angeles Galaxy pro soccer team away from Fox Sports West. Time Warner Cable is paying $55 million over 10 years ($5.1 million per season) for the rights, according to an LA Times story. Fox, which had been paying less than $500,000 per season, passed on its option to match that offer. The deal will take effect next season.
Time Warner Cable already landed the rights to the LA Lakers when it made a $3 billion bid for 20 years. The Lakers have been on Fox Sports West, but will move to the Time Warner Cable channel in 2013, assuming the current lockout is resolved by then. Time Warner Cable is launching two regional sports networks in HD, including the nation’s first Spanish-language regional sports network, with new state-of-the-art facilities in LA. The networks will be available to all satellite, cable and telco distributors in Southern California, Nevada and Hawaii.
Also on Time Warner Cable’s wish list is the Dodgers, but Fox is reportedly going to fight hard to keep that franchise on its Prime Ticket network.