You’re going to wait it out. Still. Because you have no options.
Some do. Others, we hear your angst.
So what are you missing by not having SportsNet L.A.?
Three weeks into switching over from DirecTV to get the TWC service, we’ve got a secret: Whatever we’re paying as part of our new monthly bill – 5 cents or $5, plus surcharges – we are overwhelmingly impressed and feel the value exceeds the cost. Whatever Prime Ticket did with the Dodgers over the years before this change in rights fees, TWC’s production has dialed it up far more than anticipated.
Many involved might feel they’re working in a vacuum, even after that free week we all got last year at the end of the 2014 season when SportsNet L.A. found its way to KDOC-Channel 56. It should have more than whet the appetite.
If the incentive to switch was originally based on not missing another game with a Vin Scully call, then there are far more not-so-hidden bonuses to savor — the camerawork, Orel Hershiser’s analysis, Alanna Rizzo’s tenacity, the post-game reports and … oh, right, that 86-year-old guy in the booth who’s not living off his resume.
Read it and then you decide how much longer you’re going to weather this storm before finding the only real platform that has the Dodgers on a regular basis, and may stay that way the rest of this summer.
It’s worth noting now:
== For NBC’s coverage of the Saturday’s 140th Preakness, bet on Eddie Olyczyk.
No real surprise here that the one-time Kings player who has been anchored to the network’s Stanley Cup playoff coverage has already turned some heads as the “horse race handicapper” added to NBC’s Triple Crown racing events for the first time back at the Kentucky Derby.
Olyczyk had a trifecta box of American Pharoah, Firing Line and Dortmund in the recent Kentucky Derby. NBC’s press people point out that during the weekend in Louisville, Ky., Olczyk started with a $100 and generated $740.50 in earnings and net $447.50 when it was over. Two other winning bets included two exacts boxes on Friday and Saturday.
Olyczyk will be in Baltimore with Bob Costas, Tom Hammond, Randy Moss, Jerry Bailey, Bob Neumeier, Laffit Pincay, III, Kenny Rice, Donna Brothers, Jay Privman, Larry Collmus, Josh Elliott and Carolyn Manno. And no Tara Lipinski.
== The Ducks’ Western Conference finals series against Chicago takes Kenny Albert (play-by-play), Joe Micheletti (analyst) and Brian Engblom (Inside-the-Glass analyst) starting with Sunday’s Game 1 at the Honda Center (Channel 4, noon) and continuing to Game 2 on Tuesday. That leaves Doc Emrick and Pierre McGuire on the Eastern Conference final between the N.Y. Rangers and Tampa Bay with Game 1 on Saturday (10 a.m., prior to the Preakness).
However, with the Ducks-Blackhawks moves to Chicago for Games 3 and 4 on Thursday (NBCSN) and Saturday (NBC), Chicago native Olyczyk joins Emrick and McGuire for that series. Sunday, the three then go to New York for Game 5 of the Rangers-Lightning series.