Dodgers clinch NL West in historic run as fans struggle to watch

Dodger fans who are left in the dark with the Spectrum Cable deal are finding other ways to watch the Blue Crews historic run.  

By Harrison McQuinn, sports editor

After a rough finish to a nearly record-breaking season, the Dodgers seem to be back as they approach the playoffs. They have Cody Bellinger’s historic rookie season, Justin Turner’s nearly .350 batting average, and contributions from almost every position on the roster.

But fans without Spectrum have been left in the dark.

It’s been four years since the Dodgers concocted an exclusive deal with Spectrum Cable, an agreement that has left over half of Southern California without the ability to watch the Blue Crew during their record-breaking season. Disappointed fans without Spectrum have turned to local restaurants, free online streams or bought tickets.

About this time last year, Cox Communications, along with other pay-tv providers, refused to carry the channel and said, “We hope we can come to an agreement… that does not burden our customers with excessive price increases.”

With the exception of ESPN’s national game of the week, the regional markets are controlled by television contracts that teams have sold to the highest bidder.

As for the fans? They will be missing clubhouse celebrations as the Dodgers fight for their first World Series title since 1988.

Blue fanatics are left to pay the monthly fee of $164 for Spectrum or settle for the handful of Dodger games ESPN.

Dodger enthusiasts around the country have also begun heading to local bars and restaurants to get their Blue fix.

Bar One Tap Room off the corner of Whitsett Avenue and Burbank Boulevard is the closest bar to Valley College with Spectrum and a great spot to catch the game if you don’t mind watching without sound. Restaurants such as Buffalo Wild Wings and BJ’s Restaurant also show the games.

Some fans are reaching for their computers to catch a free stream of the games. Streamers are third parties that pay for MLB packages and then share the games with others for free.

The final option takes takes more effort, but sits you in front of the field. Dodger tickets have been historically cheaper than seats at the Staples Center.

You can pick up tickets for the Dodgers as low as 10 bucks.

With tickets that low, it’s clear why LA leads the MLB in total and average attendance this season, as reported by Sports Illustrated.

Despite the time and effort fans are making to catch the Dodgers, tension continues to brew in Los Angeles over the trouble it takes to watch.

According to Baseball Commissioner, Robert Manfred, the cable deal has 21 more years, but the Dodger blackout may not.

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