So many fans have been without their beloved Dodgers in their homes over the last few years — six years to be exact. A group of young blue-bleeders missed the final seasons of the legendary Vin Scully, and the first handful of the wonderful relationship between Joe Davis and Orel Hershiser.
Now that baseball is set to return in less than a month, it might be time for fans to get a welcome reminder. After suffering through a TV blackout for the last six seasons, the Dodgers will finally be available to a greater majority of the fan base.
In April — on April fools day no less — the news dropped that Spectrum’s flagship SportsNet LA station would now be carried on AT&T-based cable providers. Those include DirecTV, U-verse, AT&T TV, and AT&T Now channels in Southern California, Las Vegas, and Hawaii.
This ends one of the longest, most frustrating cable TV disputes. There’s obviously no baseball games being played for a bit, but Dodgers fans who have Direct TV and its subsidiaries will finally be able to watch their games https://t.co/nv0UZP9P7H
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) April 1, 2020
Given that this news dropped all the way back in April (which seems like an honest lifetime ago), I figured a refresher may be in order with spring training set to resume this week and opening day less than a month away.
Back in April, Joe Davis had this to say to DodgersNation.com.
So excited for it, man. It had gone on so long — I don’t want to say I’d given up on it happening — but I think I just tried to stop thinking about it because what good was it going to do me to think about that … but I’m just more excited for [young fans] more than anything.
The Dodgers and Spectrum/Time Warner Cable came together on that SportsNet LA deal back in 2013 that was worth an eye-popping $8.35 billion over 25 seasons. The network has been the exclusive home for Dodger baseball ever since.
It’s almost time for Dodger baseball, Dodgers Nation!