KTLA Channel 5 announced today that the station will air on free TV the final six games in the Dodgers' regular season schedule that Vin Scully works — three games at home against the Rockies and three games in San Francisco. Vin Scully has said he will travel to San Francisco to work the last series of the season. These will be his final six games in the booth and conclude 67 years as the Dodgers' broadcaster.
The station will also air live the pre-game tributes at Vin Scully Appreciation Day on Sept. 23, the first game of the Rockies series. That telecast will begin at 6:15 p.m., the station says. The Rockies games are Sept. 23, 24 and 25. The Giants games up north are Sept. 30, Oct. 1 and 2.
This is different from past years when a free TV station would air Dodgers games in the final days of a pennant race. This is about Scully. KTLA won't air the Padres series in San Diego just before San Francisco, presumably because Scully won't work that series.
Putting the games on KTLA means Scully can be heard one more time by fans who do not have cable or get SportsNet LA, the Dodgers channel that has never been available on some cable services.
The deal to air the final games of the season was reached between Charter Communications, which took over Time Warner Cable, and Tribune Media, which owns Channel 5.
“We thank Charter and the entire Los Angeles Dodgers organization for the unique opportunity to honor the Dean of Sports Broadcasters, and share these iconic Dodgers games and moments with our entire KTLA5 Southern California community,” KTLA President and General Manager Don Corsini said.