A funny thing happened when MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred met with the media this week prior to the All-Star Game: no one asked him about the Dodgers’ television situation.
Joc Pederson followed his poor game Saturday with a great one Sunday, giving the Dodgers a series win and putting his off-season hitting work into sharp focus. The box score is here.
Sunday’s game was the first this season that wasn’t blacked out to non-TWC/Charter subscribers in Southern California. The Dodgers’ TV deal might create a lost generation of young fans, writes David Montero.
One day after Time Warner Cable announced it would reduce the rate it was charging AT&T/DirecTV to carry SportsNet LA, several people with a vested interest in the saga surrounding the Dodgers’ television channel voiced their opinion.
Most Dodger fans might be able to watch Vin Scully’s final season on their home televisions this year after all.
The Dodgers will have a new television play-by-play voice for road games in 2016: Joe Davis.
Davis, 27, is already a veteran of several national MLB, college football and college basketball telecasts on Fox Sports. He’ll call 50 games on SportsNet LA with Orel Hershiser, Nomar Garciaparra and dugout reporter Alanna Rizzo next season.
“Joe Davis has put together an outstanding play-by-play resume,” Dodgers chief marketing officer Lon Rosen said in a statement. “We are thrilled to have one of the top young sports broadcast talents in the nation join our great television team.”
Davis is scheduled to call Saturday’s college football game between Washington and Utah on Fox Sports.
Update (5 p.m.): Davis will call Kansas-TCU on Fox Sports 1 on Saturday, per colleague Tom Hoffarth, who spoke to Davis at length this afternoon.
If you can’t wait that long, I did a quick YouTube search for some of Davis’ clips and came up with this high school football game from 2012 on ESPN:
Charley Steiner is slated to do play-by-play on the 31 road telecasts that Davis doesn’t call. Vin Scully will call all 81 home games. I’m told he might do some road games as well, likely close to home (Anaheim, San Francisco, etc.), though that hasn’t been determined yet. Scully’s schedule wasn’t announced until spring training last year.
Here’s more from the Dodgers’ press release: