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ESPN will nationally televise two Dodgers-Padres games

National broadcasts on Monday and Wednesday won’t be blacked out in local markets

Los Angeles Dodgers v San Diego Padres Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

The Dodgers and Padres meet for the third of six series this season, a three-game set beginning Monday night at Petco Park. ESPN is getting in on the action, nationally televising the Monday and Wednesday games with no blackouts.

Monday’s ESPN broadcast will be called by Jason Benetti, Jessica Mendoza, and Tim Kurkjian, with Wednesday’s ESPN broadcast helmed by Dave Flemming and Mendoza.

These are full national telecasts, meaning they are available in local markets as well. Unlike ESPN Sunday night broadcasts or Fox Saturday games, these weeknight games aren’t exclusive. SportsNet LA will still televise all three games of the games in San Diego.

The first two series between the Dodgers and Padres were exciting theater, seven games in an 11-day span that saw the Padres win four out of seven.

Next week, four of the Dodgers’ seven games are nationally televised, including the final two games at home against the Cubs exclusively so, Saturday on Fox and Sunday on ESPN.

2021 Dodgers national TV schedule

Date Opponent Time (PT) Network
Date Opponent Time (PT) Network
Thu, Apr 1 at Rockies 1:10pm ESPN*
Sat, Apr 3 at Rockies 5:10pm FS1*
Sun, Apr 25 Padres 4:08pm ESPN
Sat, May 22 at Giants 4:15pm Fox
Tue, May 25 at Astros 5:10pm FS1*
Sat, May 29 Giants 4:15pm Fox
Sat, Jun 5 at Braves 4:15pm Fox
Mon, Jun 21 at Padres 7:10pm ESPN*
Wed, Jun 23 at Padres 7:10pm ESPN*
Sat, Jun 26 Cubs 4:15pm Fox
Sun, Jun 27 Cubs 4:08pm ESPN
Tue, Jun 29 Giants 7:10pm ESPN*
Sat, Jul 3 at Nationals 4:15pm Fox
Sun, Aug 15 at Mets 4:08pm ESPN
Sun, Sep 5 at Giants 4:08pm ESPN
*also televised by SportsNet LA


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