46,069 saw Kershaw's no-hitter in person; 52,000 saw it on TV

Did you see Clayton Kershaw pitch his recent no-hitter? If so, consider yourself lucky. (USATSI)
Did you see Clayton Kershaw pitch his recent no-hitter? If so, consider yourself lucky. (USATSI)

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Thanks to an ongoing dispute between the semi-newly forged Time Warner Cable SportsNet LA and various "multichannel operators," very little of the LA area is able to tune into Dodgers  television broadcasts. This is because Time Warner needs high carriage fees in order to make good on its mammoth investment in Dodger broadcast rights, and the carriers, quite obviously, see those demanded carriage fees as being unreasonable.

The upshot, again, is that the vast majority of Dodger fans in the team's viewing area can't watch the team's games on TV (also bear in mind those local blackouts on MLB.tv and Extra Innings). This was acutely the case during Clayton Kershaw's absolute work of art on Wednesday night. Here's the relevant tweet from Joe Flint of the Los Angeles Times ... 

So, yes, the number of local viewers at home barely exceeded the number of viewers in the seats at Dodger Stadium (official attendance: 46,069). As for the disagreement that's causing all of this, it won't end until one of two high-powered vested parties decides to capitulate. It's anyone's guess as to when that will happen. 

(Wink of CBS eye: Awful Announcing)

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Dayn Perry has been a baseball writer for CBS Sports since early 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for FOXSports.com and ESPN.com. A member of the BBWAA, He's the author of three books, the most recent being... Full Bio

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