In surprising news, the Dodgers and Spectrum Networks announced on Wednesday that they have come to an agreement with AT&T — the parent company of DirecTV — on a carriage deal. After seven years, people in Southern California (and Las Vegas and Hawaii; hi, Chad!) will be able to watch the Dodgers on television.
Of course, we may not see baseball until 2021 at this rate, but if we do, the vast majority of Los Angeles will be able to see Dodgers baseball.
This is from the official press release.
SportsNet LA’s current programming includes a full slate of exclusive original shows and studio programming, as well as marquee games from recent years. In addition, AT&T TV and AT&T TV NOW customers will start to receive Spectrum SportsNet beginning on April 8. ‘This agreement underscores our commitment to provide all Dodgers fans the opportunity to enjoy our award-winning programming and live game coverage,’ said Dan Finnerty, Senior Vice President, Spectrum Networks. ‘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.'”
We at Dodgers Digest are in an interesting position in that most of us haven’t been impacted by the local viewing restrictions, but it’s still a good thing that even more Dodger fans will be able to watch the Dodgers on local TV … whenever baseball returns.
So, let’s hope we all make it through the impending doom.