Dodgers News: MLB Network Set To Air Opening Series In Australia
Los Angeles Dodgers fans without Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks will be without the team’s new channel, SportsNet LA and its’ exclusive content unless deals are made with their cable provider.
This means that those without the channel will miss the team’s two-game opening series in Australia because of SportsNet LA’s exclusive coverage of all Dodger games, but now those outside the LA market are in luck.
According to the MLB Network’s official PR Twitter account, the network will air the two games on national television:
Just announced: @MLBNetwork will be the national TV partner of @MLB’s Opening Series Sydney between the @Dbacks & @Dodgers.
— MLB Network PR (@MLBNetworkPR) February 25, 2014
The announcement comes on the day that SportsNet LA is set to debut and gives cable providers an extra week to negotiate a deal before fans begin losing out on regular season games. Game 1 will air at 1:00 AM PT on March 22 while Game 2 will air at 7:00 PM PT the same night, but both games will be shown on MLB Network and SportsNet LA. Vin Scully will be in Australia calling the game for the Dodgers’ new channel and MLB Network announced that Matt Vasgersian and John Smoltz will be in the booth for the games.
Controversy and decisions continue to loom surrounding the Dodgers’ trip to Australia as right-hander Zack Greinke recently made comments that he has no excitement about the trip and manager Don Mattingly said that ace Clayton Kershaw may not start in Sydney. Kershaw and Greinke were set to be the starters of the two-game series, but Mattingly hasn’t confirmed who the starters will be. This spring, Mattingly will have to decide on a roster earlier than usual and will be able to take 30 players on the roster for the games.
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