Charter to Carry Dodgers Channel, SportsNet LA, Beginning Tuesday

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Winning pitcher Clayton Kershaw leaps onto catcher A.J. Ellis as the Dodgers celebrate their NL West title after defeating the San Francisco Giants, 9-1, on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

Charter Communications will begin carrying the Los Angeles Dodgers-owned cable channel, SportsNet LA, in Southern California beginning Tuesday.

The move comes less than two weeks after Charter clinched a nearly $57-billion deal to acquire Time Warner Cable, which until now had been the only major pay-TV operator to carry the Dodgers channel in Southern California.

“The Dodgers are an iconic franchise and part of the fabric of the community,” Tom Rutledge, chief executive of Charter Communications, said in a statement Thursday. “We are very excited to be bringing the Dodgers back to Charter customers in the L.A. area.”

Charter’s move breaks a 14-month log jam that has prevented hundreds of thousands of homes in the Los Angeles region from receiving the channel. Charter had been one of the primary pay-TV company hold-outs that had refused to carry the channel, which is owned by Guggenheim Baseball Management.

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