Dodgers' New TV Deal Ends 6-Year Blackout

Howard Cole

No joke. This is not an April Fool's Day prank. The Dodgers seven-year cable television nightmare is over.

What started with the club signing a 25-year, $8 billion TV deal with what was then Time Warner Cable in 2013 has ended in a new carriage deal between Spectrum Networks and AT&T. In English that means that DirecTV and U-Verse-TV customers are in like Flint. The Dodgers' SportsNet LA channel will be available to all who want it.

That means pre-game shows, post-game shows, live game telecasts and a whole lotta Alanna Rizzo, Jerry Hairston, Jr., Joe Davis, Orel Hershiser and Nomar Garciaparra. It also means a bleepload more coverage of the 1988 World Series than you can probably stomach. But that's a small price to pay, it seems to me. Now all you need is a regular season, which I'm confident will happen. Eventually.

Some quotes from the Dodgers' press release:

Dan Finnerty, Senior Vice President, Spectrum Networks.“This agreement underscores our commitment to provide all Dodgers fans the opportunity to enjoy our award-winning programming and live game coverage. Working together with AT&T, we were able to reach an agreement to offer the region’s most popular teams to local fans across AT&T’s video platforms.”

Stan Kasten, President & CEO, Los Angeles Dodgers.: “As anxious as we all are for the ongoing pandemic to end and for the 2020 season to begin, we now have even more reason to be excited because this agreement will make Dodger baseball games and programming available for our fans on Spectrum, AT&T TV, DIRECTV, U-verse TV, and AT&T TV NOW. I want to thank AT&T and Spectrum Networks for coming together on this agreement. We are eager to get this season started once it is deemed safe to do so everywhere.”

Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles: "Our city has the best sports fans in the world, and they want to enjoy all of the excitement and tradition that Dodger games bring to Los Angeles. I’m very pleased that Spectrum Sports and AT&T have reached this agreement, which will bring Dodger games into the homes of AT&T TV, DIRECTV, U-verse TV and AT&T TV NOW customers when the season begins and give more Angelenos the chance to cheer for our favorite team all the way to the World Series."

This is great, great, great news, people. If you want to hold a grudge against the Dodgers for the seven years of National League West winning baseball that you missed, that's your decision. I say let's move forward, turn off the COVID-19 news and tune on DirecTV channel 690 right now (with AT&T and AT&T TV Now beginning April 8). Games from seasons past -- with Vin Scully at the mic -- are available for your viewing pleasure. It's time for Dodgers baseball, Los Angeles. Why not you pull up a chair, and spend part of your Wednesday afternoon with us.

And remember, glove conquers all.

Howard Cole has been writing about baseball on the internet since Y2K. Follow him on Twitter.

Comments (37)
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bhturnow
bhturnow

Long, long overdue. I hope access is made available to everyone no matter how they access the game.

MarkBlue
MarkBlue

Finally! Glad this happened - what a disappointment for so many people for so many years!

SoCalBeach
SoCalBeach

This is great news, now we just need the season to start!

Gillyking
Gillyking

Howie..I'd always assumed. that the primary reason for the blackouts were b/c DirecTV simply would not cooperate with SNLA's subscription rate to their competitor TimeWarner/Spectrum (whom I've been exceptionally happy with and never missed a game). Now that DirecTV may be possibly closer to getting phased out due to all the streamers now, could this deal at this time now really be desperation moves to stay afloat? Please clear this opinion up for me Howie especially with any details about the deal? Thank You..

qflat
qflat

What about us out of towners that dropped Cable for Straming on Comcast?

Ericmonson
Ericmonson

I guess I was one of the lucky ones. I only missed a couple of weeks of Dodger baseball until I found out I could still get Time Warner in our Verizon neighborhood. But I was getting nervous about still being able to see the Boys due to a pending move into SD County. Thankfully, it looks like it will work out!

Blue Evan
Blue Evan

As a Dodger fan living outside of the greater Los Angeles area, I have never suffered the blackout issue except when visiting family in the Southland. It is unfathomable that this stalemate lingered for some long. Congratulations Dodger fans, this is the best news we’ve received in a long time. Let’s hope it is the first of a series of good fortunes to come our way and that there is a season to watch this year.

ErnieP
ErnieP

Anything that brings people more Vin Scully is a godsend.

mrkich37
mrkich37

A cautionary tale: Imagine the revenue both the Dodgers and DirecTV could have generated over the past seven years had they just compromised. I hope it was worth it.

Rifleman
Rifleman

What about Frontier FIOS?

Wes Parkers Bat
Wes Parkers Bat

Thanks to this documentary for keeping the pressure on...

bentguy1
bentguy1

I believe this means that the next 7 years of access should be free? And come with a signed baseball? Well done.

SudnSam
SudnSam

See? That didn't take too long...

J.B. Ellis
J.B. Ellis

This is great news for the fans. I am happy that they were finally able to get this accomplished.

Blue Hawk
Blue Hawk

Awesome for Angelenos. If i were still there i would be stoked too. Currently i have MLB.tv for all my games in Azul. It works. Very happy for all the fans!

Donniedeporte
Donniedeporte

I think I am right ouside the area where thid package would be included. Will have to research if it can be an add on. But gokd news. Thanks Howard

misch_e
misch_e

This is awesome, hopefully this means we can also view it on MLB with a package and not be blacked out.

Raladdin1
Raladdin1

This is the equivalent of winning the Covid World Series.

DDiNoto
DDiNoto

Good news for some. Unless the pressure of competition forces a deal with all cable providers, it's still not enough though. Fingers crossed.


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