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Vin Scully Graces Sports Illustrated Cover, Says He’s ‘Uncomfortable’ With Tributes

10 May 2016 2:25 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

With the 2016 Mlb season in full swing, L.A. Dodgers fans and baseball enthusiasts everywhere are saying goodbye to legendary announcer Vin Scully, who will be retiring at the end of this season after 67 years in broadcasting. Now Scully’s avuncular grin is being immortalized on this week’s edition of Sports Illustrated, along with an in-depth profile by Tom Verducci. The Dodgers are going all-out with their tribute to the voice of their team. With the approval of City Hall, they changed the name of the street listed on Dodger Stadium’s address to Vin Scully Avenue. A Vin Scully Appreciation. »

- Jeremy Fuster

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Time Warner Cable Urges Dodgers Fans to Switch TV Providers as Opening Day Approaches

1 April 2016 7:29 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

With 72 hours to go until the start of the 2016 baseball season, Time Warner Cable has made a last-ditch plea in the SportsNet La standoff for Los Angeles Dodgers fans to switch providers if they want to broad access to the team’s games this season.

The carriage battle over Tw Cable’s SportsNet La, which carries more than 150 regular-season Dodgers’ games in the Southern California market, has been fierce since the channel’s launch two years ago. DirecTV, Cox Communications, Verizon and other area MVPDs have balked at the channel’s price tag amid broader industry concerns about rising programming costs, particularly for regional sports networks like SportsNet La.

Tw Cable insisted that it has offered price concessions this year for the sake of getting a deal done. There’s urgency in this baseball season as it will be the final one for legendary Dodgers’ announcer Vin Scully. The cable »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Joe Garagiola, Baseball Player Turned Broadcaster, Dies at 90

23 March 2016 1:26 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Longtime baseball broadcaster and “Today” show co-host Joe Garagiola died Wednesday following a long illness. He was 90.

The Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team announced the news on Twitter.

We are deeply saddened by the loss of baseball legend and former #Dbacks broadcaster Joe Garagiola. pic.twitter.com/ojaWGp05oC

— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) March 23, 2016

“God I’ll miss Joe Garagiola. Was part of the soul of our show, and told me stories that made me laugh till I cried. Hall of fame person,” “Today” host Matt Lauer tweeted.

God I'll miss Joe Garagiola.

Was part of the soul of our show, and told me stories that made me laugh till I cried.

Hall of fame person.

Matt Lauer (@MLauer) March 23, 2016

Garagiola was a boyhood friend of Hall of Fame baseball player Yogi Berra in St. Louis, growing up in an Italian-American neighborhood known as The Hill. He began his major-league career as a catcher for the St. »

- Dave McNary

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Mlb Commissioner Urges Distributors to End Dodgers SportsNet Impasse

23 March 2016 12:51 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred is urging Los Angeles-area pay TV distributors to end the two-year stalemate over the Los Angeles Dodgers’ SportsNet channel in time for the start of baseball season next month.

Manfred weighed in on the fight between Time Warner Cable, which distributes SportsNet Los Angeles, and the region’s other MVPDs, which have balked at the high price tag that Tw Cable sought for the regional sports cabler.

Meanwhile, Time Warner Cable confirmed a report in the Los Angeles Times that Tw Cable had trimmed the price for SportsNet by 30% in an effort to get the channel picked up. There’s extra urgency this year because legendary Dodgers announcer Vin Scully is set to retire at the end of the season after 67 years with the team.

“The distribution dispute involving DirecTV, At&T, Cox and Verizon has gone on too long. The Dodgers’ massive fan »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Sorry, Dodgers Fans: TWC Strikes Out In Effort To Expand SportsNet Distribution

23 March 2016 8:35 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Time Warner Cable took a mighty swing, and missed, in its ninth-inning effort to win additional distribution for its SportsNet La, which offers the Los Angeles Dodgers, prior to baseball’s opening day. The cable company offered regional providers including DirecTV and Cox a 30% price cut for this season, which it calls “historic” since it’s the last one with legendary announcer Vin Scully. But TWC says this morning that “we don't expect any other distributors to carry… »

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How TV rights have made the La Dodgers the greatest team never seen

19 January 2016 2:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The great Vin Scully returns to call one more season before retiring, but many Dodgers fans won’t be able to see their own team in action

“It’s time for Dodger baseball.”

Vin Scully’s calling card is familiar to generations of Los Angeles Dodgers fans, a sign that the listener can look forward to three hours or so of the Hall of Fame announcer’s dulcet tones. His voice, a mainstay that predates the Dodgers’ 1958 move from Brooklyn, soothes nerves frayed by La freeways.

Related: The Joy of Six: great moments in sport commentary | Nick Miller

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- Matt Krupnick

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