Spectrum SportsNet LA again televised each Spring Training game the Los Angeles Dodgers played this year, and Opening Day marks the first of more than 150 regular season games that will be televised by the network.
Joe Davis and Orel Hershiser are back in the broadcast booth, and they are joined by new SportsNet LA reporter Kirsten Watson. She takes over for Alanna Rizzo, who announced in January her intentions to be closer to family and has since returned to MLB Network.
Watson previously served as a producer for the NFL, creating localized content for international markets. Watson also hosted its “Game Recognize Game” series and organizing international trips for players for content and media opportunities, and she hosted Monday Night Football on Channel 5 in the UK, an international broadcast in partnership with NFL Network.
Along with duties as a field reporter, Watson will contribute to SportsNet LA’s studio programming and pre- and postgame coverage.
SportsNet LA’s studio coverage will begin one hour prior to every game, starting with “Leadoff LA” and followed by “Access SportsNet: Dodgers.” John Hartung returns to anchor studio programming, where he will be joined by Nomar Garciaparra, Jerry Hairston Jr. and Ned Colletti.
Garciaparra, Hartung and Hairston Jr. are entering their eighth season at SportsNet LA, while the 2021 campaign marks Colletti’s seventh as an analyst.
Spanish language telecasts on SportsNet LA will feature Hall of Famer Jamie Jarrín and Pepe Yñiguez handling play-by-play duties, with Dodgers legend Fernando Valenzuela working as an analyst.
Additional SportsNet LA programming
SportsNet LA’s coverage throughout the season will feature its award-winning “Backstage: Dodgers” documentary series that features behind-the-scenes stories of the players, coaches and management into the postseason.
“Backstage: Dodgers” premieres Friday, April 2 at 9:30 p.m. PT and a new episode will debut every week throughout the year.
Other original programming returning are “Timeless Dodgers” for a look back at memorable and historic games, and “Dodgers Squeeze Play,” a condensed one-hour format of telecasts enhanced with the sights and sounds from the game.
Following postgame coverage on Opening Day, SportsNet LA will air “This is Our Year: The 2020 World Champion Dodgers,” a 90-minute “Dodgermentary” that features behind-the-scenes moments and interviews with manager Dave Roberts, Clayton Kershaw, Mookie Betts, Corey Seager, Cody Bellinger and Justin Turner, among others.
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