In the past few weeks, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced the launch of their new cable network, SportsNet LA. The new network will launch on February 25 on Time Warner Cable and will be the source for all things Dodgers.
Like on Time Warner Cable SportsNet with the Lakers, the Dodgers will air “Access SportsNet: Dodgers” on a weekly basis as it’ll give fans behind the scenes access in the clubhouse and on the road. Spring Training is pushed up this season due to the Dodgers starting their season in Australia as players will start reporting to Camelback Ranch in just four days.
While TWC hasn’t agreed to any deals with any non-Time Warner providers, it was announced today that the new channel will air all Spring Training games, starting Wednesday, February 26 against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Vin Scully will call the inaugural game as it was announced that he’ll fly to Australia to call the first two games of the regular season.
Here’s the full press release about the Dodgers broadcasting games on SportsNet LA as well as “Access SportsNet: Dodgers”:
LOS ANGELES, CA – SportsNet LA, which will launch February 25, is the exclusive new 24/7 TV home of the Los Angeles Dodgers that will take fans behind-the-scenes of the team and offer in-depth access into the organization, providing an immersive experience with never-before-seen content and thousands of hours of comprehensive Dodger programming. Today 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.
“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 Hershiser and 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.