Prior to the start of the 2014 season, the Los Angeles Dodgers partnered with Time Warner Cable to launch SportsNet LA, a television station dedicated to the team.
The television rights deal was for a record $3 billion over 20 years and on Tuesday, the Dodgers announced a multi-year agreement with AM 570 Los Angeles to continue carrying radio broadcasts of Dodger games.
As part of the new deal, the Dodgers also obtained an equity stake in the radio station and the opportunity to collaborate on programming. Dodgers President and CEO, Stan Kasten, shared his enthusiasm for what lies ahead:
We are looking forward to expanding KLAC’s content in this new partnership for our passionate and loyal fan base,” said Dodgers President & CEO Stan Kasten. “We will be teaming up with the fantastic creative team at iHeartMedia on a number of projects and initiatives, to enhance our fans engagement. And what better team to tell the story than from broadcast talent of Vin, Rick and Charley.”
Set to return in 2015 for his 66th season with the franchise, Vin Scully will continue to call the first and last three innings of radio simulcasts, and Rick Monday and Charley Steiner also retain their positions in the broadcast booth.
Hosts of AM 570’s DodgerTalk Kevin Kennedy, David Vassegh and Jorge Jarrin, also return in 2015 and will continue to provide coverage both prior to and after games.
The deal is still subject to MLB’s approval.