Report: Comcast plans to drop Time Warner merger proposal.

According to Bloomberg.com, Comcast will drop its bid to merge with Time Warner Cable amid growing opposition to the $45 billion deal in Washington.

Writes Alex Sherman:

Comcast is planning to make a final decision on its plans Thursday, and an announcement on the deal’s fate may come as soon as Friday, said one of the people, who asked not to be named discussing private information.

Time Warner is currently the sole carrier of the Dodgers’ television network, SportsNet LA, in Southern California. Many have debated the ripple effect of a merger — as it pertains to baseball and other facets of society — in recent months. Had the merger been approved, all Charter cable customers in Southern California would have had access to SportsNet LA, which is currently available to only an estimated 30 percent of the local market.

The merger was seen as central to the Dodgers’ strategy of improving SportsNet LA’s distribution. There certainly had to be a Plan B. Soon enough, we might even find out what that plan is

Reports: Proposed Time Warner-Comcast merger faces opposition from DoJ.

SportsNet LA logoOK, let’s start with the reaction to today’s news. That’s easier to explain than the news itself.

If you are a Dodgers fan who can’t get SportsNet LA on your television at home, your rooting interest in the proposed Time Warner Cable-Comcast merger is simple. You want the merger resolved quickly, one way or another. If the merger is approved, a separate transaction would be approved that would put SportsNet LA in the home of every Southern California Charter cable subscriber. If it isn’t approved, Time Warner and DirecTV are more likely to resume negotiations over SportsNet LA (there have been no negotiations to report lately).

So, either way, a swift resolution to the merger brings the Dodgers closer to more televisions.

Now, the news.
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On Milton Bradley, domestic abuse and a new documentary.

Milton Bradley

Retired outfielder Milton Bradley played for the Dodgers from 2004-05. (Getty Images)

In case you missed it, colleague Tom Hoffarth caught up with L. Jon Wertheim, author of a Sports Illustrated piece on former Dodgers outfielder Milton Bradley‘s relationship with his wife and domestic violence. You can read that piece here.

Bradley was a bad guy to his wife. You might not need to read Hoffarth’s piece (or Wertheim’s) to have that figured out by now. But we have a couple new prisms through which to view domestic violence, the Ray Rice video and the death of Bradley’s wife. What if Bradley played for the Dodgers now? Would he be vilified to the same degree as Rice without a touchstone video? Or would he be given the same degree of public forgiveness he was granted 10 years ago?

What do you think?