As SportsNet LA distribution figures to expand with Charter Communications recently agreeing to purchase Time Warner Cable, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ national broadcast presence grew Wednesday with ESPN’s announcement Los Angeles’ June 21 home game against the San Francisco Giants was added to the network’s Sunday Night Baseball schedule.
As a result the scheduled start time has been changed from 1 p.m. PT to 5 p.m. PT. Dan Shulman will handle play-by-play duties and he’ll be joined in the broadcast booth by Jon Kruk and Curt Schilling. Buster Olney joins the crew as the dugout reporter. The broadcast will also be available to watch online and on mobile devices via Watch ESPN.
With the game added to ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball slate, the Dodgers will have appeared in the weekly featured game for the second time in three weeks. ESPN previously announced the June 7 game between the Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals at Chavez Ravine was picked up for their broadcast.
As the SportsNet LA impasse carries on, the Dodgers have been on national television without a local blackout twice this season. The first instance was on Jackie Robinson Day when they hosted the Seattle Mariners and more recently Tuesday night when ESPN carried the second of a three-game series with the Atlanta Braves.
The Dodgers and Giants have met nine times this season with the reigning World Series champions winning seven of the games, including two three-game series sweeps at AT&T Park. The next meeting between the two rivals is June 19 at Dodger Stadium; the June 21 game that will now be broadcast nationally is the series finale of the three-game set.