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.
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.
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.
According to Bloomberg.com, Comcast will drop its bid to merge with Time Warner Cable amid growing opposition to the $45 billion deal in Washington.
Writes Alex Sherman:
Comcast is planning to make a final decision on its plans Thursday, and an announcement on the deal’s fate may come as soon as Friday, said one of the people, who asked not to be named discussing private information.
Time Warner is currently the sole carrier of the Dodgers’ television network, SportsNet LA, in Southern California. Many have debated the ripple effect of a merger — as it pertains to baseball and other facets of society — in recent months. Had the merger been approved, all Charter cable customers in Southern California would have had access to SportsNet LA, which is currently available to only an estimated 30 percent of the local market.
The merger was seen as central to the Dodgers’ strategy of improving SportsNet LA’s distribution. There certainly had to be a Plan B. Soon enough, we might even find out what that plan is