More games on Chan­nel 5

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - By Bill Shaikin bill.shaikin@la­times.com Twitter: @Bil­lShaikin

The Dodgers and Spec­trum announced that the fi­nal six Tues­day games of the sea­son would be shown on KTLA.

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 payTV 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 10game pack­age to fa­cil­i­tate re­newed ne­go­ti­a­tions with DirecTV, but that did not 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

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