Vin Scully will be behind the mic for the first game televised on SportsNet LA, scheduled for noon Pacific Time on Feb. 26.
“It is an incredible honor to have the remarkable opportunity to call the very first game on the Dodger network,” Scully said in a statement released by the team. “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.”
The network also announced the lineup for its signature evening program, “Access SportsNet: Dodgers.” John Hartung will host alongside longtime Dodger announcer Charley Steiner and Orel Hershiser and Nomar Garciaparra, with contributions from recently-retired Dodger Jerry Hairston Jr. and 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.
The show will air nightly at 7 p.m. Pacific Time during Spring Training. The show will be hosted live from the SportsNet LA studios in El Segundo, with contributions from Glendale, Arizona.
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. Only a pair of split-squad games will not air live on the network.
The network is scheduled to go live on Feb. 25. No cable or satellite providers other than Time Warner have agreed to carry the network. The programming roster, as well as additional on-air talent information, will be announced closer to the launch date.
According to the press release, the network will feature “an immersive experience with never-before-seen content and thousands of hours of comprehensive Dodger programming.”