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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Vin Scully can’t even watch the Dodgers on TV

Vin ScullyVin Scully can’t even watch the Los Angeles Dodgers on TV, and that’s not even an exaggeration or joke.

This is probably more of a regional issue for LA people, so you might not be aware of what’s going on. Time Warner Cable bought the TV rights to the Dodgers and created a sports channel for the team which began airing its games this season. Previously, the Dodgers were on cable channels that were available on all cable providers, such as FOX Sports West/Prime Ticket, or over-the-air channels. But the new channel created by Time Warner — SportsNet LA — is only available on Time Warner Cable.

That means anyone in SoCal who has DirecTV, Dish Network, Comcast, Cox, Charter, Uverse and FiOS — which makes up about 70 percent of the market — cannot get Dodgers games on TV. What’s worse is that even if you buy an MLB.tv subscription, the games are still blacked out for you.

The huge irony is that the voice and face of the Dodgers himself, Vin Scully, can’t even get the team’s games on TV. Yes, the LA Daily News’ Tom Hoffarth revealed that Scully is a DirecTV subscriber.

Scully is now 86 and only travels to road games within the division. So if he wants to watch his team play when they’re out on the East Coast, he’s screwed just like everyone else in LA.

How long before this gets resolved? That’s what everyone is wondering.

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