The Dodgers have a new promotion: Tuesday Night Baseball, free on TV.
The Dodgers and Spectrum announced that the final six Tuesday games of the regular season would be shown on KTLA-TV Channel 5, starting Aug. 22.
The package means that 16 SportsNet LA broadcasts will be simulcast on free television this season, the most since the team-owned cable channel launched in 2014. Other than Charter Communications, which airs the games via its Spectrum brand, no major pay-TV provider in the Los Angeles market has agreed to carry SportsNet LA.
As a result, the majority of fans do not get SportsNet LA in their homes, a blackout in its fourth season.
The average audience for the 10 SportsNet LA games simulcast on KTLA in April and May was almost five times as large as the average audience for a game aired exclusively on SportsNet LA. The Dodgers and Charter had hoped to generate enough interest with that 10-game package to facilitate renewed negotiations with DirecTV, but that did not happen.
The schedule for the latest KTLA package:
Aug. 22 at Pittsburgh
Aug. 29 at Arizona
Sept. 5 vs. Arizona
Sept. 12 at San Francisco
Sept. 19 at Philadelphia
Sept. 26 vs. San Diego