Fox Sports Net says it will produce more than 100 Dodgers, Angels and Clippers games in Spanish this year, with their own broadcast teams, graphics and production. But this is not an apparent reaction to Time Warner Cable’s plans to start a new English and Spanish cable channel when it takes over coverage of the Lakers later this season.
The Sports Business Journal quotes FSN executive vice president Jeff Krolik as saying that, despite TWC’s pending network launch, “we’ve been doing Spanish-language games for two years. We’re not in the business of reacting to anyone else.”
The channels are going to be offered to cable and dish systems with basic-tier level access and not expected to cost customers any more on their monthly bills.
The Dodgers said their 50 Spanish-language games will be in coordination with English-language telecasts on Prime Ticket. This is the third season the Dodgers have made Spanish-language games available, and they had been using the call of Jaime Jarrin (above) on KTNQ (1020).
This year, Jarrin’s son, Jorge, will do play-by-play and join Manny Mota on all the Spanish TV games. The first Dodger Spanish telecast is April 11, the second game of the new home schedule. Jaime Jarrin will be back with Pepe Yniguez and Fernando Valenzuela on the radio side.
The 50 home-game Angels broadcasts starts April 6, going with Amaury Pi-Gonzalez on play-by-play and Jose Mota, in his 11th season with the franchise’s broadcasting team, doing the analysis.
The Dodgers’ and Angels’ Spanish-language TV games will be on Time Warner, Bright House and Cox, while discussions with other providers are ongoing.
The Dodgers report that more than 40 percent of their franchise’s fans are Hispanic and “each season the Dodgers host more than one million fans of Hispanic descent.” The team started its Spanish-language radio broadcasts in 1958.
According to Nielsen Media Research, Los Angeles has the largest Hispanic TV demographic in the U.S. with more than 1.8 million television homes.