Now, more than ever, L.A. counts on Dodgers and Angels

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error As on all issues, in the spirit of debate, we welcome opposing views. Look at the L.A. professional-sports landscape. The Lakers are at low ebb, and the Clippers don’t look as strong as was expected. The Stanley Cup champion Kings may miss the playoffs.With pro football at least a year away from returning to the region, the Angels and Dodgers have a small window of opportunity to capture attention here. Such a development in the nation’s second-most-populous city would be good for baseball in general, so maybe other teams would be wise to help out. So what if such cooperation would never happen in competitive sports — it’s probably more likely than in Congress.The Dodgers and Angels, two of Major League Baseball’s richest and best-supported teams, respectively have gone 26 and 12 years without winning the World Series (or even a league pennant). Now, with the certified best players in the sport in 2014 league Most Valuable Players Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers and Mike Trout of the Angels, it’s time to give the public what it wants. We can’t count on that from City Hall.For the second straight season, 70 percent of the L.A. TV market can’t count on being able to watch the Dodgers on cable. But as long as the team is blacked out, it might as well give fans something to miss.The editorial board’s position is: Go, Dodgers. Go, Angels.center_img Los Angeles-area residents are impatient for action. We’re frustrated by delays. We’ll accept no more failure. Today, our great metropolis faces one of its most talked-about challenges.It is time to demand solutions from the people who hold the aspirations of millions of Southern Californians in their hands.This editorial board calls on the Dodgers and Angels to win the pennant.As the 2015 season opens today, it’s a realistic possibility that the Dodgers or Angels — or both — will make it to the World Series. And not only a possibility but, under the circumstances, practically imperative.last_img

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