The new TV deal the Dodgers signed with new pay-TV channel SportsNet LA may catch many fans unaware in that, starting this season, no longer will any of its games air on free TV.
KCAL-TV carried 49 games last year. This year, there will be none. All 162 games will be on the new channel. That’s good news for out of market fans who missed Vin Scully’s call on KCAL games that were not carried on MLB Extra Innings package in previous years, but it’s very bad news for the nearly 750,000 households in the nation’s #2 DMA who do not have any kind of pay-TV.
It’s not even all good news for all of the DMA’s pay-TV subscribers, either, as only Time Warner Cable and Bright House/Bakersfield even carry SportsNet LA. All other cities with competing systems are out of luck as of the moment.
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For Dodger fans, new channel is a rude awakening