have finally done the right thing and are now letting fans
see the rest of the season on local broadcast. While six games
on local broadcast is hardly the same as the 50 in-season games
customers had available for free last year, we find the trend encouraging
and hope Time Warner Cable avoids alienating fans again for the 2015 season.
How to Listen
You can still hear all of the Dodgers radio broadcasts with the incomparable Vin Scully on both national carriers and also locally. For the first time this season, Dodger fans can hear every game on Sirius and XM Radio including a free, two-week preview anytime through Aug. 26th that also enables Dodger fans to listen on your phone, tablet or computer. And here are all the local stations with Dodger telecasts, including the flagship stations KLAC 570 AM (English) and KTNQ 1020 AM (Spanish) with Vin Scully and Jaime Jarrin on play-by-play.
- Sirius XM
- KLAC 570 AM Los Angeles, CA (Flagship Station)
- KQTM 101.7 FM Albuquerque, NM
- KSHP 1400 AM Las Vegas, NV
- KNZR 1560 AM Bakersfield, CA
- KBOV 1230 AM Bishop, CA
- KROP 1300 AM Brawley/El Centro, CA
- KCBL 1340 AM Fresno, CA
- KYVA 1230 AM Gallup, NM
- KAVL 610 AM Lancaster/Palmdale, CA
- KPSI 920 AM Palm Springs, CA
- KWDJ 1360 AM Ridgecrest, CA
- KPRO 1570 AM Riverside, CA
- KYNS 1340 AM San Luis Obispo/Santa Maria, CA
- KHTS 1220 AM Santa Clarita, CA
- KVEN 1450 AM Ventura/Oxnard, CA
- KEZL 1400 AM Visalia, CA
- Dodger Games Available in Spanish
- KTNQ 1020 AM Los Angeles, CA (Flagship Station)
- KOXR 910 AM Oxnard/Ventura CA
- KSBQ 1480 AM Santa Maria, CA
- ESPN DEPORTES 1600 AM Fresno, CA
- ESPN DEPORTES 1450 AM Albuquerque, NM
In the News
Welcome to LA — Check Your Loyalties at the Turnstile
LA is already one of the most expensive places to watch sports, but now its top pro, college and even high school teams have splintered their games across as many as eight expensive regional sports channels. Nobody has any choice over any teams they want to support because each network wants all 7 million families in the region to pay for everything to allow anyone to see their favorite team play.
Lakers Go SouthTime Warner Cable spent an NBA record of about $5 billion to create a new regional network for the Lakers entering the 2012-13 season. But rather than pair up the Lakers with the soon-to-be-had Dodgers, giving local fans a network with popular game action all year round, TWC creates two channels that each cost locals more than double the price – and feature games for only half the year. Adding insult to injury, the Lakers fade to their worst finish since moving from Minneapolis in 1958.
UCLA-USC Fight, Fight Fight OnThe Pac-12 Conference creates several new networks including a local channel for USC and UCLA and a national service everyone has to take first. But rather than use all the most competitive USC or UCLA games on that channel, the conference instead sells all of its top-tier football and basketball games to ESPN-ABC and Fox for more than four times the price at $275 million every season versus $60 million before. Many Bruins and Trojan fans have been forced to miss games since the 2012 football season began.
Kings RansomMatched in a bidding war with Time Warner Cable, Fox Sports pays $250 million or nearly double for Kings NHL games, meaning local families will have to offset $21 million every year rather than $12 million through the 2024 season.
High Schools Cash InBig money’s not just a pro or college thing anymore, as Time Warner Cable pays California’s state Interscholastic Federation (CIF) $8.5 million to drop Fox which paid only $100,000 for state championships and a few regular season football and basketball games.
San Diegans Lose Padres for 2013 SeasonThe SoCal battle between Fox Sports and Time Warner Cable shifts to San Diego, where Fox pays the Padres $1.2 billion to leave Cox Cable and Time Warner Cable refuses to sign up for the FS San Diego leaving Friar fans in the lurch. The Padres eventually return for the 2014 season, but only after Fox also forces TWC to pay handsomely to retain the Yankees in Manhattan.
Galaxy Goes DoubleDavid Beckham’s long gone, but the MLS Galaxy capitalize on the bidding war between Time Warner Cable and Fox, jumping to the new Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes in a $55 million agreement that will guarantee the team $550,000 per season compared to only $300,000 Fox paid before. LA families pay the difference.
Angels Triple PricesWith Time Warner Cable trying to take them away, Fox locks the LA Angels of Anaheim into a new long-term agreement for $3 billion, tripling the team’s payments to $150 million every season compared to $50 million before and giving the Halos 25 percent ownership of the FS West network.
Houston, We Have a ProblemLA sports teams and networks keep playing keep away with key teams, ignoring what’s happened to the Astros and Rockets in Houston. The two popular teams bolted Fox Sports to create a new $3.2 billion channel with the local cable provider, but the three new partners price the network so high local fans stand pat with DIRECTV, AT&T, DISH and other providers rather than care enough to follow the MLB and NBA team. CSN Houston goes bankrupt and the partners litigate, but most fans still haven’t seen the Astros or Rockets since the 2011 season.
In the News
Contract disputes, retrans fee hikes, rising sports costs and a host of other issues that drive up your cost to watch TV are constantly in the headlines. Here’s a look at some of the most recent and relevant:
Time Warner Cable feeling ill effects of Dodgers channel dispute 8/1/14 | Los Angeles Times
The SportsNetLA debacle is starting to affect Time Warner Cable’s bottom line. Time Warner Cable lowered its revenue projections for 2014 because of its inability to distribute SportsNet LA. Read more
DirecTV Refuses to ‘Bail Out’ Time Warner Cable in Dodgers Standoff 7/30/14 | Variety
Despite a threat from the FCC to begin arbitration, DIRECTV refuses to back down in its standoff with Time Warner Cable over rights to the Dodgers’ SportsNet LA channel. Read more
FCC Chairman ‘Troubled’ by Time Warner Cable’s L.A. Antics 7/30/14 | Wall St. Journal
“We hope that Chairman Wheeler is making similar inquiries of DIRECTV and other LA television distributors to determine their rationale for refusing to carry SportsNet LA,” she said, “which we have offered at terms similar to other regional sports networks, including those owned by DIRECTV.” Read more
Dodgers can’t be seen, but criticism of TV deal heard loud and clear 7/30/14 | Los Angeles Times
It’s certainly a worthy attempt at creating positive spin for the Dodgers while painting DIRECTV as the villain, and in some instances this sort of solution actually makes sense. Read more
Pressure grows to resolve Dodgers TV feud 7/29/14 | Los Angeles Times
DIRECTV, which has almost 1.3 million subscribers locally, brushed back the arbitration idea, saying non-fans should not have to pay for Time Warner Cable’s “excess.” Read more
FCC chairman tells Time Warner to end Dodgers TV dispute 7/29/14 | Los Angeles Times
The FCC told Time Warner Inc on Tuesday to end its dispute with DIRECTV and other cable operators that has left most fans of the Los Angeles baseball team unable to watch games on local television. Read more
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