The team and Time Warner Cable officially made the announcement on Monday, which still needs to be approved by Major League Baseball, and will run for 25 years. The Dodgers currently have a deal with Fox Sports for the entirety of the 2013 but the team had been looking at getting their own network.
Dodgers President Dan Kasten said in a statement, “The launch of the new regional sports network is a historic development for the Dodgers and our passionate fan. Our commitment from day one has been to build the Dodgers into the best team possible, both on and off the field. Our fans deserve the best - the best players, the best baseball, and the best experience - whether that’s at the newly renovated Dodger Stadium or on television.”
According to the LA Times, the team will program the new channel and not Time Warner Cable. This deal also comes at the heels of the Los Angeles Lakers (TWC SportsNet) getting their own network as well.
Added Kasten, “Our mission is to have the most fan-friendly sports programming, and we welcome ideas and suggestions from our Dodger Community. We look forward to sharing updates with fans in the coming months. In the meantime, we remain very excited about the upcoming 2013 season where we will be showcasing our incredible new roster and the many enhancements to Dodger Stadium, as well as continuing our commitment to broadcast excellence with our current partners Fox Sports and KCAL 9.”