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SportsNetLA to debut live and original programming as the Dodgers regular starts

SportsNet LA is the exclusive new 24/7 TV network of the Los Angeles Dodgers that takes fans behind-the-scenes of the team and offers in-depth access into the organization, providing an immersive experience with never-before-seen content and thousands of hours of comprehensive Dodger programming. As the Dodgers head into their first regular season games this Saturday, SportsNet LA will televise live and original programming dedicated exclusively to the start of the 2014 baseball season. Two new original shows, "Connected With…Stan Kasten" and "Talkin' Blue: Dodgers Pitchers" will take an extensive look at the team and roster and the live pre-game show "Leadoff LA" will air for the first time leading into the live season opener, which will air exclusively on SportsNet LA in Southern California and Hawaii.

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Yasiel Puig at bat for Dodgers
Yasiel Puig at bat for Dodgers
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"Connected With…Stan Kasten" debuts at 8:00 p.m. this Friday, March 21. The 30-minute program features host John Hartung in an exclusive one-on-one interview with the President and CEO of the Dodgers. Kasten tells Hartung about his first big break, what it was like to run three professional sports franchises at the same time and the on and off-field philosophies of the Dodger ownership group. The program will be followed by "Talkin' Blue: Dodgers Pitchers," which features host Hartung moderating a half-hour discussion between Orel Hershiser, Nomar Garciaparra and Jerry Hairston Jr. about this year's starters and relievers.

Live Dodgers pre-game programming will start at 12:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 22, as "Leadoff LA" airs for the very first time. Hartung will host the program live from the SportsNet LA studio in Los Angeles alongside Hershiser, with live contributions from Rizzo in Australia and fan participation via social media. Live game coverage will begin at 1:00 a.m., with Hall of Fame Broadcaster Vin Scully calling both games live from Australia.

The Dodgers' second regular season game will also air live exclusively on SportsNet LA and Hartung will host the live pre-game programming with Hershiser and Garciaparra. "Leadoff LA" will begin at 6:00 p.m., followed by "Access SportsNet: Dodgers" at 6:30 p.m. and live game coverage at 7:00 p.m. Post-game "Access SportsNet: Dodgers" will air immediately following the game. Moving forward, this programming format will continue for all live Dodger games on SportsNet LA.

SportsNet LA will also air two new episodes of "Timeless Dodgers" featuring last year's most exciting Dodgers vs. Diamondbacks matchups leading into the season-opening series. "Timeless Dodgers" at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, March 21 will be the Dodgers' game against the Diamondbacks on June 11, 2013, arguably the turning point in the team's 2013 season. At 4:30 p.m. the same day, "Timeless Dodgers" will air the September 19, 2013 game in which the Dodgers' clinched the National League West title.