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SMALL ORANGE COUNTY STATION GETS DODGERS — BUT ONLY 6 GAMES

September 16, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

The Los Angeles Dodgers may be leading the National League West by four games and would ordinarily be drawing relatively big TV audiences in its drive for the pennant — except for the fact that its games this year can only be seen by subscribers to Time Warner Cable. TWC paid $8.35 billion for distribution rights for the Dodgers’ SportsNet LA for 25 years but has been unable to sell its Dodgers package to any other cable or satellite operators. However, on Monday it announced that it has agreed to let a small station, KDOC, licensed to Orange County but available on most L.A. cable systems, to simulcast the final week of the team’s regular season. (Whether KDOC paid anything for the six games — and if they did, how much — was not disclosed.) In a statement, TWC COO Dinni Jain said that the company was happy to give Dodgers fans "a way to watch their beloved team during this pennant race."