Spillover from the latest divorce paperwork involving Jamie and Frank McCourt show that, somewhere down the road, if the man gets his way, the Dodgers are pointing toward forming their own TV network.
No stunner there. Most teams with a market base like L.A. should be doing the game. The model has already been established in New York, and enough teams have local clout to pull it off.
Meanwhile, in the TV schedule released today by the team, about two thirds of the Dodgers’ regular-season games in 2010 — more than 100 — will appear on long-time cable partner, Prime Ticket, with the other third on KCAL-Channel 9, and the rest on either a national or regional telecast by Fox (KTTV Channel 11) or ESPN.
The Dodgers and Prime Ticket (previously named FSW2) have been partners going into their 14th season, and will continue its “Dodgers Live” pregame and postgame. KCAL, which has about 50 games, many of them on Tuesday nights home and away, climbs into the mix for its fifth season and wil lhave its “Think Blue TV” pre and post-game shows.
Games already taken by Fox (KTTV-Channel 11) are on Saturdays, April 17 (vs. San Francisco), May 22 (vs. Detroit), June 19 (at Boston), June 26 (vs. New York Yankees), July 10 (vs. Chicago Cubs), July 17 (at St. Louis), July 24 (vs. New York Mets), July 31 (at San Francisco) and Sept. 18 (vs. Colorado), with some games to be announced. ESPN has already claimed the Sunday, July 11 game vs. the Chicago Cubs and could add more.
Several dates on the Dodgers’ schedule are listed as TBA, leaving them open for first choice by the networks.