SportsNet LA to televise Dodgers Spring Training games

SportsNet LA has announced that it will televise all of this year’s Dodger Spring Training games, with the exception of two split-squad games, giving fans more comprehensive preseason coverage than they’ve ever had before and making the network the new everyday destination for Dodger fans. Vin Scully – the Hall of Fame broadcaster returning for an unprecedented 65th season – will call the inaugural game telecast on SportsNet LA on Wednesday, February 26 at 12:00 p.m. PT.

If Vin Scully calls it, they will come. (Photo credit - Juan Ocampo)

If Vin Scully calls it, they will come.
(Photo credit – Juan Ocampo)

“It is an incredible honor to have the remarkable opportunity to call the very first game on the Dodger network,” said Scully. “The Dodgers’ new ownership group has done a wonderful job assembling a team to make SportsNet LA what every Dodger fan deserves, a television network just for them. I’m humbled to be a part of it.”

“Vin Scully personifies everything that’s great about the Dodgers – our rich tradition, on and off-field excellence and the connection we have with our great fans,” said Lon Rosen, the Dodgers’ Executive Vice-President & Chief Marketing Officer. “It’s incredibly perfect that Vin will help us make Dodger history yet again as we launch the first-ever Dodgers-only TV network, SportsNet LA. We’re so excited to be able to connect with Dodger fans on SportsNet LA on a whole new level by giving them 24/7 access to the team.”

The network also announced that its signature live daily studio show “Access SportsNet: Dodgers” will air at 7:00 p.m. PT nightly during Spring Training. The show will be hosted live from the SportsNet LA studios in El Segundo, CA with contributions from the SportsNet LA on-air team live in Glendale, AZ. Veteran LA sports anchor John Hartung will lead the program, alongside longtime Dodger announcer Charley Steiner and Dodger legends Orel Hershiserand Nomar Garciaparra, with contributions from recently-retired Dodger Jerry Hairston Jr. and experienced baseball reporter Alanna Rizzo. “Access SportsNet: Dodgers” will deliver an hour of comprehensive coverage of the team, highlighting the behind-the-scenes access of the new network, while providing fans with the latest information, updates and team features.

SportsNet LA will air a total of 22 Spring Training games live, including the Dodgers’ three Freeway Series exhibition games against the Angels in Los Angeles.

Veteran sports television producer and five-time Emmy Award winner Glenn Diamond will produce Dodger games on the network. The Los Angeles native brings to SportsNet LA more than 31 years of national baseball production experience, having produced Postseason and national games for TBS as well as local game coverage for the Atlanta Braves.

As previously announced, SportsNet LA will launch on February 25.  The network’s in-depth Dodger programming roster as well as additional on-air talent information will be announced closer to the network’s launch date.

For more information about SportsNet LA, visit www.ineedmydodgers.com and follow the network on Twitter at @SportsNetLA, Facebook at www.Facebook.com/SportsNetLA and Instagram at @SportsNetLA. 

About Time Warner Cable SportsNet LA

Time Warner Cable SportsNet LA, launching February 25, 2014, will be a 24/7 regional sports network that takes fans behind-the-scenes – deep into the Dodger organization – providing an immersive experience with thousands of hours of exclusive Dodgers programming, including access to more than 150 live game telecasts each season.  SportsNet LA is owned by the Los Angeles Dodgers through American Media Productions, LLC.   Commencing upon the network’s launch, Time Warner Cable will carry SportsNet LA for its customers throughout Southern California, Las Vegas, NV and Hawaii.  The network is available to all cable, satellite and telco multichannel providers.

 (Article courtesy of Dodgers PR Department)

 

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5 Responses to “SportsNet LA to televise Dodgers Spring Training games”

  1. OldBrooklynFan says:

    I’m happy for all you local Dodger fans on the west coast.

  2. scvblueball says:

    This is all great, except that unless every cable provider makes a deal with TimeWarner Cable, then all fans who are not TWC subscribers are screwed. We can’t watch the Dodgers. This is a another horrible move by GOOGLYHEIM. I can’t even get a web subscription to SportsNet LA. How is this good for the hundreds of thousands of fans who are not TWC subscribers?

    • Ron Cervenka says:

      It would probably be far more productive for you to express your concerns with your cable/satellite provider rather than shooting the messenger.

      If you are a fan of Kershaw, Puig, Greinke, Ryu, Uribe, Wilson, Howell, Guerrero etc., etc., it’s kind of hard to be critical of Guggenheim Baseball Management group for entering into an $8.5 billion deal with Time Warner Cable. This money will not only be used to pay the salaries of these guys and many others to come over the next 25 years, but it is what is paying for the tremendous improvements at Dodger Stadium. This is nearly double the amount of money that Fox was willing to pay to retain the television rights for the Dodgers.

      It’s also safe to say that other cable/satellite providers will eventually come on board with TWC and carry SNLA. If you recall, the Lakers channel went through this same battle with the other providers and eventually came to an agreement, just as I suspect they will with TWC/SNLA. I sincerely hope that your provider is among them.

      • scvblueball says:

        I have no quarrel with you as a messenger at all.

        I have a problem with the new management company that sells its fans out to the highest bidder, TWC, and restricts access to this supposedly new and improved way to watch the Dodgers. TWC covers only a fraction of fans who want to watch. TWC is going sit back and wait until the other providers come calling and then will hold a gun to their heads and demand a premium that will then get passed to fans.

        If they were forward thinking at all, they could just allow us to log into the SportsNet LA and subscribe alacarte and watch everything that way – why make hundreds of thousands of fans have to wait for the laborious and costly process of every single other provider have to negotiate. The Laker deal sucked too, so its not a good idea to repeat it. All of these fans are going to miss the spring training games and maybe even the whole season if an agreement can’t be reached.

        There is nothing good in this for the fans who are shut out and are too far from Chavez Ravine to be able to make regular trips feasible. At least last year I could fork over $150 to get the MLB package from my provider and watch all the games – but that won’t work this year.

        TWC, of course, doesn’t care. DirectTV (my provider) replied to me that they do not plan to carry SNLA because the price is too high.

        So…..how is this a good deal for the fans? It isn’t.

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