In both cases, the theory has been proved to be poppycock. As soon as McCourt sold the team, the Dodgers reclaimed their crown as
Instead, Dodgers fans turned on their television sets, in numbers the Angels never have seen during their 22-year run on FSW. As word spread among Dodgers fans that they could see their team on local television, the FSW ratings increased every night during this week's four-game series.
On Wednesday, the FSW broadcast attracted 269,000 households, a record that lasted 24 hours. On Thursday, the FSW broadcast attracted 272,000 households. The previous record for an Angels game on FSW: 265,000 households, for a 1998 game against the Dodgers.
In all, the four games this week ranked as four of the five most-watched games in the Angels' history on FSW.
The number of households watching the average Angels game on FSW this season: 84,000 -- meaning the lure of the Dodgers on Thursday increased the average viewership by 224%.
Neither the Dodgers nor Time Warner Cable, partners on the Dodgers' new SportsNet LA channel, holds out much hope for the channel to become widely available this season.