Good news: The Dodgers have partially lifted their self-imposed local TV blackout.
I said they should have done this from the start: show 1 or 2 games a week on local TV and use that time to sell their cable TV channel to the fans. It's really stupid that the Dodgers' management took 3 years to figure this out.
Now, they need to reach an agreement to do this for the rest of the season.
"Los Angeles Dodgers fans' will be able to watch 10 televised Los Angeles Dodgers games on KTLA at the start of the season following an agreement with Spectrum Networks, the cable provider announced Wednesday.
Dodgers games are broadcast on SportsNet LA, which is owned by the team. Several years ago, the Dodgers granted Time Warner Cable the station's exclusive marketing rights for $8.35 billion over 25 years.
After the deal, Time Warner Cable was unable to reach an agreement with Direct TV or any other local cable and satellite providers to air the channel; Charter Communications -- which bought Time Warner Cable last year -- has been equally unsuccessful in its efforts, meaning a majority of fans have been unable to watch Dodgers games, the newspaper reported.
Last season, KTLA broadcast six Dodgers' games at the end of season, including some of the final ones of legendary broadcaster Vin Scully's illustrious 67-year career.
KTLA Broadcast Schedule of Dodgers Games
Wednesday, April 5, 6:30 p.m. vs. San Diego Padres