The Los Angeles Dodgers and Time Warner have released the details relating to their new RSN, SportsNet LA, which launches on February 25th – right before the first Dodgers Spring Training game of the year. Over the 25-year life of the contract, the Dodgers will bring home $6 billion while $2.5 billion will go into baseball's revenue sharing pool.
Before you start freaking out about the future of Vin Scully, he'll be calling his usual slate of games with the network – all home games, as well as all road games in California and Arizona (a total of roughly 100 games, give or take a couple). The non-Scully games (which will be every road game outside of California and Arizona) will be called by veteran Dodgers play by play announcer Charley Steiner and former ESPNer Orel Hershiser, while former MLB Network host Alanna Rizzo will work as a reporter with the Steiner/Hershiser duo.
In the studio, the Dodgers also have plenty of experienced broadcasters. Rizzo will host pregame and postgame shows, which will feature former Dodger Jerry Hairston Jr. and another former ESPNer, Nomar Garciaparra, as analysts. Hairston and Garciaparra will also work in the studio at SportsNet LA with host John Hartung, an LA broadcast news veteran.
The lineup the Dodgers have put together with their new RSN is solid – even if you look past the legendary Scully. It's an experienced crew, and perhaps more importantly, it's an experienced crew that isn't largely despised. Too often when you see a new RSN created, the team involved simply goes with the flow – the Dodgers bucked that trend, blew everything up (again, aside from Scully), and they're in a better place with their broadcast teams than they were last year.