Dodgers to broadcast 10 games on local TV.

By: Dr. Spock

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.

From KTLA:

"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.

The games, which will be simulcast on SportsNet LA, take place in the first five weeks, between April 5 and May 7, according to a Spectrum Networks news release (PDF).

They include matchups with the San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs.

Fans will also be able to watch SportsNet LA's pregame show on April 5, April 18, May 3 and May 7.

On May 3, KTLA will also broadcast live the pregame "Vin Scully Ring of Honor Ceremony" beginning at 6 p.m.

The announcement comes as the Dodgers' television blackout heads into its fourth season, according to the L.A. Times.

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
  • Sunday, April 9, 12 p.m. at Colorado Rockies
  • Wednesday, April 12, 5 p.m. at Chicago Cubs
  • Sunday, April 16, 1 p.m. vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Tuesday, April 18, 6:30 p.m. vs. Colorado Rockies
  • Wednesday, April 19, 7 p.m. vs. Colorado Rockies
  • Sunday, April 23, 1 p.m. at Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Sunday April 30, 1 p.m. vs. Philadelphia Phillies
  • Wednesday May 3, 6 p.m. vs. San Francisco Giants
  • Sunday, May 7, 1 p.m. at San Diego Padres"
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