Spectrum Announces Agreement with AT&T to End Dodgers Blackout

In surprising news, Spectrum Networks announced a carriage agreement to launch the Los Angeles Dodgers award-winning regional sports network—Spectrum SportsNet LA—to AT&T video subscribers beginning on Wednesday. With the agreement, AT&T TV, DIRECTV, U-verse TV and AT&T TV NOW customers in Southern California, Las Vegas and Hawaii will finally gain access to SportsNet LA’s live game coverage once the new MLB season is cleared to begin.

Before the resolution, the impasse between Spectrum and AT&T lasted nearly seven years.

SportsNet LA’s current programming includes a full slate of exclusive original shows and studio programming, as well as marquee games from recent years.

“This agreement underscores our commitment to provide all Dodgers fans the opportunity to enjoy our award-winning programming and live game coverage,” said Dan Finnerty, Senior Vice President, Spectrum Networks. “Working together with AT&T, we were able to reach an agreement to offer the region’s most popular teams to local fans across AT&T’s video platforms.”

Once the MLB and NBA seasons resume, customers will be able to enjoy the full slate of live Dodgers and Lakers’ games across all AT&T’s video platforms.

“Our city has the best sports fans in the world, and they want to enjoy all of the excitement and tradition that Dodger games bring to Los Angeles,” said Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti. “I’m very pleased that Spectrum Sports and AT&T have reached this agreement, which will bring Dodger games into the homes of AT&T TV, DIRECTV, U-verse TV and AT&T TV NOW customers when the season begins and give more Angelenos the chance to cheer for our favorite team all the way to the World Series.”

Added Stan Kasten, President & CEO of the Los Angeles Dodgers, “As anxious as we all are for the ongoing pandemic to end and for the 2020 season to begin, we now have even more reason to be excited because this agreement will make Dodger baseball games and programming available for our fans on Spectrum, AT&T TV, DIRECTV, U-verse TV, and AT&T TV NOW. I want to thank AT&T and Spectrum Networks for coming together on this agreement.  We are eager to get this season started once it is deemed safe to do so everywhere.”

With the MLB season on hold, fans of the Dodgers can stay connected to their team and relive some of the great Dodgers moments—both recent and historic—with the network’s extensive lineup of classic games and original programming.   

Dodgers games on SportsNet LA will be called by Joe Davis and Dodgers legend Orel Hershiser, with Nomar Garciaparra filling in as analyst, and veteran broadcaster Tim Neverett filling in for Joe Davis when needed. Dodgers reporter Alanna Rizzo will serve as field reporter for SportsNet LA, while also contributing to the network’s live and original programming.

The network’s pregame studio programming begins with “Leadoff LA,” airing one-hour prior to every game, followed by the Emmy Award-winning show, “Access SportsNet: Dodgers.” Both programs feature player interviews, team highlights and in-depth analysis. “Access SportsNet: Dodgers” postgame coverage offers complete highlights of that night’s game, postgame interviews from the Dodgers clubhouse, and in-depth analysis from SportsNet LA’s expert studio team.

(Jon Chapper furnished the information provided in this report)

 

Despite Uncertainty of Season, MLB & MLBPA Resolve Critical Roadblocks

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While there’s still a lot of uncertainty surrounding many details of a prospective baseball season this year, both the MLB and MLBPA were hard at work this week trying to iron out any potential hurdles, specifically when it came to salaries, service time, and the 2020 amateur draft.

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Dodgers Thoughts: Missing Opening Day

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There is a sense of sadness over the world Thursday, and not just from the Coronavirus. That’s not to downplay the worldwide pandemic, because nothing at this point in time is more important or worthy of our thoughts and actions. (Stay home!)

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MLBPA Working to Facilitate Obstacles Around Regular Season Delay

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While there’s not much current news to report coming out of the Dodgers‘ camp, the biggest activity surrounding Major League Baseball at the moment has been the discussions between the Players Association regarding safeguard of its players.

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Dodgers News: MLB Suspends Spring Training, Delays Start of Regular Season

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In a move many fans feared might happen, today Major League Baseball announced that Spring Training has been halted, and that the start of the season has been moved back at least two weeks to April 8th while worries about the coronavirus abound.

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How the Paul Goldschmidt Trade Affects the Dodgers & the Rest of the NL West

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Paul Goldschmidt has arguably been the best player in the NL for the last six seasons, and the Los Angeles Dodgers have had to contend with him being in their division that entire time.

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A Preliminary Glance at the 2017 NL Cy Young Race

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Looking deep into the history books of the Los Angeles Dodgers, we tried to find out if Clayton Kershaw was the fastest pitcher to notch 15 wins in a season, only to discover that the great Sandy Koufax accomplished the feat in his final season back in 1966. Of course, Koufax would go on to capture his third NL Cy Young Award after posting a 27-9 record with a 1.73 ERA, along with five shutouts, 27 complete games and 317 strikeouts over an even 323 innings pitched.

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Collective Bargaining Talks Between Union, MLB to Resume on Sunday

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While some pundits are not ruling out a potential lockout in the coming weeks or months, representatives from both the players’ union and the MLB offices continue to make small strides towards a new collective bargaining agreement, and are optimistic that matters could be resolved quickly when both sides go back to the bargaining table on Sunday in Dallas after a five-day recess.

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