Sorry didn’t have the immediate answer to yesterday’s burning question: Why was the Dodgers-Marlins game from Miami delayed an hour on KCAL Channel 9 until 4 p.m.?
On Saturdays, Fox has exclusive rights to all MLB games from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. (or 1 to 4:30 p.m.) for its regional telecasts (which, in L.A., was the Angels’ game at Texas, which was rain delayed, and then started with John Lackey getting tossed after two tosses).
The Dodgers-Marlins started at 6 p.m. EDT/3 p.m. PDT. The original Dodger schedule said the game would be joined in progress at 4 p.m., but according to a KCAL spokesman, the station consulted with the Dodgers and decided it would be best for the viewers to air it in its entirety, but delayed an hour. But by the time the Dodgers actually lost 6-3, those who knew what had happened probably didn’t want to watch the game to the end.
Will this glitch happen again? Probably not. Every other Dodgers or Angels home or road game on a Saturday through the rest of the season avoids that conflict — or it’s on Fox.
For example, the Dodgers’ road games on Saturdays include one on July 11 in Milwaukee, but that’s a 4 p.m. PDT start in Prime Ticket. They’re in Cincinnati on Saturday, Aug. 29, but that’s also a 4 p.m. PDT first pitch on KCAL. They’re in Pittsburgh on Saturday, Sept. 26 for some inane reasons, but that, again, is a 4 p.m. PDT first pitch on Prime.
As for the Angels, a Saturday game in Detroit starts at 4 p.m. PDT on June 6 (FSN West). In August, they’re at Minnesota on the 1st (at 4 p.m. on FSNW), at Baltimore on the 15th at 4 p.m. on FSNW and at Toronto on the 22nd (in a strange 10 a.m. start on FSNW that will be before the Fox window). In September, they’re also in Kansas City on the 5th at 4 p.m. FSNW and at Texas on the 19th at 5 p.m. on KCOP.