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Dodgers' TV home debuts with Vin Scully by day, studio show at night

February 04, 2014|By Bill Shaikin
  • Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully was the grand marshal for the 125th Rose Parade in Pasadena last month.
Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully was the grand marshal for the 125th Rose… (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles…)

Countdown to Vin Scully: three weeks.

The Dodgers confirmed Tuesday what Scully told The Times' Steve Dilbeck last week: The Hall of Fame announcer will travel to Arizona to call the first broadcast on the Dodgers' new SportsNet LA channel.

The channel launches Feb. 25. The Dodgers' first Cactus League game is Feb. 26, against the Arizona Diamondbacks at noon PST.

"It is an incredible honor to have the remarkable opportunity to call the very first game on the Dodger network,” Scully said in a statement.

SportsNet LA will air all the Dodgers' spring training games, with the exception of two split-squad games. The spring programming will include a nightly hour-long studio show called "Access SportsNet: Dodgers," with features and highlights from training camp, starting at 7 p.m. Pacific time.

It is unlikely that most fans will be able to see the channel on Feb. 25. Aside from Time Warner Cable -- the Dodgers' partner in the new channel -- no cable or satellite provider has agreed to carry SportsNet LA. Those negotiations are expected to extend toward Opening Day.

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