Imagine if KCAL wasn’t available to TWC viewers Tuesday night …

A press release from KCAL-Channel 9:

KCAL 9 attracted the highest local television rating for a Los Angeles Dodgers regular season game since June 1998 last night with its broadcast of the Dodgers’ 3-2 victory over the New York Yankees at Dodger Stadium.
KCAL 9 attracted an average of 603,000 viewers with its 7:00-10:00 p.m. broadcast, based on live plus same-day data provided by Nielsen Media Research.
Viewership peaked with 814,000 viewers during the final quarter-hour of the broadcast (9:45-10:00 p.m.), when Mark Ellis knocked in the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning.
In households, Tuesday’s game delivered a 7.0 rating and 12 share – the highest local rating for regular season Dodger game on any broadcast or cable outlet since June 25, 1998 (when a Dodgers-Angels game attracted a 7.4 rating).
In the key adults 25-54 demographic, last night’s contest attracted a 4.0 rating and 13 share – the highest rating for a Dodger game since KCAL became the team’s broadcast partner at the start of the 2006 season.

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Scully, the Yankees, and the U-turn not taken nearly 50 years ago

Vin Scully prepares to interview the Dodgers' Sandy Koufax after winning Game 4 of the World Series against the Yankees in 1963 at Dodger  Stadium. (Credit: Walter Iooss Jr./Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)

Vin Scully prepares to interview the Dodgers’ Sandy Koufax after winning Game 4 of the World Series against the Yankees in 1963 at Dodger Stadium.
(Credit: Walter Iooss Jr./Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)

Vin Scully passed on traveling to New York last month to do the Dodgers-Yankees two-game series at Yankee Stadium – he took to Twitter instead in a most delightful way.

While his plans include to be on hand as scheduled for KCAL Channel 9 (tonight) and Prime Ticket (Wednesday) when the teams go after each other again at Dodger Stadium, you may have heard he also once passed on becoming the Yankees’ broadcaster some nearly 50 years ago. Continue reading

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In passing: George Ambrose, USC sports information director and former Daily News sports editor

George Bartlett Ambrose, a long-time sports and entertainment writer and publicist in Southern California, died Sunday in Torrance, according to his wife, Rachel. He was 89.

Ambrose worked as sports editor of the Van Nuys News, now the Los Angeles Daily News, from 1950 to 1952. The USC journalism graduate was also sports information director at the university from 1963 through 1967, helping to map the publicity campaign of Heisman Trophy winner Mike Garrett in 1965. Continue reading

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Play It Forward: July 29-August 4 on your sports calendar

Looking ahead to planning out the sports week, locally and nationally:

THIS WEEK’S BEST BET:

03779cf40b51ef1bfc110332eb84c1f6MLB: DODGERS vs. N.Y. YANKEES, Dodger Stadium, Tuesday-Wednesday:
It turns into one of those awkward moments you’ll see at Dodger Stadium every so often — Jack Nicholson reclining right behind the backstop screen while sporting the interlocking “NY” cap, because he can and no one will call him out on it.
Billy Crystal positions himself within earshot of Larry King’s season seats and proceeds to heckle him about why he’s still romantically involved with this Dodgers’ franchise.
Penny Marshall is on the field talking to Zack Efron and Tom Cruise – not about an upcoming movie they may collaborate on, but if it’s really in the Yankees’ best interest to rush Derek Jeter’s rehab.
Don MattinglyThe storyline last month when the Dodgers visited the Bronx for a rain-delayed DH  split was the reception for manager Don Mattingly. This time, the most popular Yankee player in the visiting dugout may not even be Luis Cruz. The Dodgers’ Opening Day third baseman released by the team recently and picked up by the Yankees to fill in the holes on the left side of their infield injured his knee on Monday, with damage to his MCL, and figures to be out for a while. He became the 17th Yankee placed on the disabled list this season – not like the Dodgers don’t know what that’s like.
With Alex Rodriguez still waiting to hear what his future holds during another rehab stint (and PED investigation), Jeter loudly announcing his return with a home run in his latest comeback from the DL, and Alfonso Soriano making a return in a DH role, these drama queens from the Bronx will bring more attention than necessary. Not even considering the arrival of  Robinson Cano, don’t you know, about to be a free agent amidst speculation he could be the Dodgers’ biggest off-season signing target, so pay attention.
hi-res-143312912_crop_650x440There marquee moment this time for out of towners is if/when future Hall of Fame reliever Mariano Riviera, the All Star Game MVP, is called in to shut down Yasiel Puig, Adrian Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez in the bottom of the ninth if there’s a Yankees’ lead to be preserved. He registered save No. 25 for the season against the Dodgers on just 10 pitches, striking out two of the three he faced in the ninth inning of the Yankees’ 6-4 win over the Dodgers in the first game of that double header.
(And quick question: Why do the Yankees only play two in L.A. before a three-game trip to San Diego right after this? Who makes the schedule?)
The series:
Tuesday, 7:10 p.m., Channel 9
Wednesday, 7:10 p.m., Prime

BEST OF THE REST: Continue reading

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