Dodgers, KTLA reach 6-game deal

Toby Graves
Сентября 13, 2016

With the mega-popular Scully dropping his mic, and the Dodgers holding a three-game division lead, the MSO really had not choice but to make the team's final six games fully available via broadcast.

The station will also air live the pre-game tributes at Vin Scully Appreciation Day on September 23, the first game of the Rockies series.

The first of the final six games of the regular season will be played on September 23.

Before Diamondbacks-Dodgers, MLB Tonight will air a tribute to Vin featuring former CNN talk show host Larry King, comedian Carl Reiner and San Francisco Giants voice Jon Miller.

On this Labor Day, we note that it's the last one in which we'll have Vin Scully calling a game.

Charter said Friday it will televise the games, including the Dodgers' final regular-season road series against the rival San Francisco Giants.

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Thousands of Dodgers fans in Los Angeles have been prevented from hearing Scully on TV the last two seasons because of an ongoing dispute between Time Warner Cable, which carries the channel owned by the team, and other pay TV providers.

Local Dodgers games are under the control of Time Warner Cable's SportsNet LA, which famously doesn't have a carriage deal with Southern California's No. 2 pay-TV operator, DirecTV, depriving about half of the L.A. market of TV access to Dodgers games.

Tribune's Los Angeles CW affiliate will air the final six Dodger games in a simulcast with SportsNet LA. "We thank Charter and the entire Los Angeles Dodgers organization for the unique opportunity to honor the Dean of Sports Broadcasters, and share these iconic Dodgers games and moments with our entire KTLA5 Southern California community".

Outside of SportsNet LA, Dodgers fans could see a regular-season game only if it was aired by ESPN, Fox Sports or, last weekend, cleared in the market by TBS.

With this new simulcast agreement, sources say KTLA is trying to align itself as a Dodgers' over-the-air broadcast partner with Spectrum going forward to perhaps carry as many as 20-25 games a season, either exclusively or as a simulcast.

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