Leave it to legendary Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully to bring people together in his final month before retirement. The Dodgers announced on Friday that an agreement has been reached with cable company Charter to show Scully’s six final Dodgers broadcasts on channel KTLA-Channel 5. From Dodger Insider’s Jon Weisman:
The six simulcasts with SportsNet LA include the September 23-25 home series finale against Colorado — which will be Vin Scully Weekend at Dodger Stadium — and the last three games of the regular season, September 30-October 2 in San Francisco.
The September 23 broadcast will also feature the live Vin Scully Appreciation Day pregame ceremony, beginning at 6:15 p.m.
This isn’t an insignificant development. KTLA-Channel 5 is an old school over-the-air network that comes with every standard cable package in the area. SportsNet LA is the Dodgers’ own sports network which broadcasts more than 150 games a year (just like the YES Network for the New York Yankees), and only subscribers of Time Warner Cable and Charter are able to get it. That leaves Southern California residents who use Cox, DirecTV, Verizon Fios, and other small providers (as well as people who don’t have cable at all) shut out of Dodgers games, and without access to Vin Scully’s golden throat and fascinating anecdotes.
For people in that Dodgers-less situation, MLB.TV isn’t helpful either. For example, a city like Irvine, CA, which is 40 miles outside of Los Angeles, is blacked out from viewing Dodgers games on MLB.TV. Even though someone’s cable provider may not carry SportsNet LA, it’s carried in the area, so that means that they can’t watch in-market Dodgers games with any MLB.TV subscription.
This deal gives out-of-luck Southern California Dodgers fans (and fans of Vin Scully and baseball in general) access to Scully’s final games as Dodgers broadcaster. This is just one more reason to say: thank you, Vin!
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