Fox Sports West 2, which earned a breakthrough of sorts when it inked a deal to be carried to DirecTV’s more than 2 million satellite subscribers beginning March 28, landed its second coup Thursday by landing the Dodgers’ A-team of Vin Scully, Ross Porter and Rick Monday to announce its 40-game Dodger telecast schedule.
That slate, which kicks off April 1 with the Dodgers-Philadelphia Phillies clash from Dodger Stadium on Opening Day, will also include a half-hour pre-game show prior to all Dodgers home night games, hosted by Paul Sunder-land.
The Fox Sports West 2 pact with Scully, Porter and Monday is a multiyear deal, according to sources.
Scully is, of course, the dean of the Dodger voices and a member of the broadcast wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame. He has the longest service and longest consecutive service for one team of any active professional sports broadcaster, having joined the Dodger broadcast team in Brooklyn in 1950. He begins his 48th season with the team in April.
Having the announcing trio call the games for FSW2 gives the Dodgers continuity throughout the team’s broadcast package, since the three also call the action for KTLA on the broadcast TV side and Disney-owned KABC on ra-dio.
“This is a landmark day in our network’s short history as we welcome these three outstanding announcers,” said Kitty Cohen, G.M. for Fox Sports West 2.
Added Tommy Hawkins, VP of communications for the Dodgers: “What we love here is the continuity. The same team will be bringing the games to all of our fans.”
However, FSW2’s ability to sign Scully, Porter (entering his 21st season with the Dodgers) and Monday (starting his fourth season) has to be particularly galling to Disney, which has been locked in a battle with Fox Sports Net and its Prime Networks Inc. parent over carriage of Mighty Ducks hockey games on Fox Sports West.
With its DirecTV deal, FSW2 will, beginning next week, have agreements in place covering about 2.7 million sub-scriber homes. It is also said to be closing in on a deal with satcaster Primestar.