Sunday, October 13, 2013

Dodger Broadcasting Changes - Steve Lyons and Eric Collins Will Not Return

According to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, the announcing team of Eric Collins and Steve Lyons will not return for the 2014 season.  Collins and Lyons call all Dodger road games outside California and Arizona.  Collins just completed his fifth season as a Dodger broadcaster and Lyons has worked on Dodgers television for nine years.

According to Shaikin team officials have not confirmed the decision to let Collins go.  Beginning next season, the Dodgers broadcast rights belong to Time Warner Cable.  Much like their deal with the Lakers, Time Warner will create a regional sports network around Dodger programming.  Programming schedules and new broadcasters will be announced in the off season.  Rick Monday, Charley Steiner, Fernando Valenzuela, Pepe Yniguez, and Jaime Jarrin are all expected to return in 2014.

Time Warner Cable SportsNet recently announced the addition of Byron Scott and Luke Walton have joined the network's on-air team.  They will both be part of Lakes pre- and post-game shows.  Scott played 10 years in a Lakers uniform winning three NBA titles with the Lakers and Walton wore the purple and gold for 9 seasons winning two NBA titles along the way.

TWC SportsNet has done really well hiring former Lakers players for their broadcasts.  I hope they do the same when it comes to their Dodgers broadcasts.  I'm not sure what his contract status is with Fox Sports, but I would like to see Eric Karros be part of Dodger broadcasts.

True to the Blue!

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