UPDATE – The networks will be available to all satellite, cable and telco distributors in the Lakers’ territory, which includes all of Southern California, Nevada and Hawaii.

In what will likely be a major power shift in L.A. sports broadcast, the Lakers have reportedly inked a new 20-year deal with Time Warner Cable, acquiring rights to distribute local broadcasts. The deal will send the Lakers to a new sports network in time for the 2012-2013 NBA season.

Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand was the first to break the news.

Shocker: Time Warner Cable and the Los Angeles Lakers Sign Long-Term Agreement for Lakers Games, Beginning With 2012-2013 Seasonless than a minute ago via web


The new deal will strip Fox Sports West and KCAL 9 of all Lakers broadcasts. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

  • Coach Brian Shaw

    great!

    no more games on KCAL. Fuck you Time Warner Cable

    • sukmyballz

      Your getting mad at the wrong people,Lakers are the ones who went for the cash which cost (the fans) watching their beloved team on kcal. Dont missunderstand me,the Lakers appreciate their fans,they just appreciate money more. So fuck you Lakers.

  • Theo Mathews

    Thsi deal blows for “Real” Laker fans…KCAL has been teh flagship for Laker games since I was a kid…they bette rnot switch announce teams

  • purple-n-gold

    i been thinking of droping time warner cable, now i gotta stick with them, that sucks balls. Am going to miss KCAL and FSW.

    • Laker101

      Its going to be available to all satellite and cable providers

  • LizzakeShizzow

    Aww damn. Been watchin games on kcal9 forever. This new network better be accessible by Cox cable customers or heads will roll!!!!

    • LCintheOC

      I agree!!!!!!!

  • CDub0512

    WT?? I live in Vegas n loved seeing the Lakers games on FSN.. What channel will they be on now??

  • dkj987

    that sucks i have been a laker fan since i was born and when i moved to vegas it was comforting knowing i could still get home games if this changes due to this well the end of the world must be near

  • Gugy

    I just hope I can watch games here in San Diego. I am not crazy about TWC but there is not many options out there unfortunately.

  • Lakers

    This is awful

  • dabοss1848

    Horrible imo.
    Watch laker games on kcal since I was a young lad.

    Times are changing.

    • daboss1848

      indeed mimic – The Times They Are a-Changin’ . . . but w/o Chicky it all sux anyway

      • daboss1848

        the mustard is off the hotdog and my balls are jiggling baby

        • daboss1848

          not quite hack

      • LCintheOC

        I so agree with you! And I personally think they need a new, FUN announcer at Staples Center. That guy is sooo boring.

  • Vic The Brick’s illegitimate son!

    This really fucking sucks for people like me who don’t have cable and watch the games on kcal!!

    real fans cant go to the games because the lakers have the highest ticket prices in the NBA and now this!!?!?!!

    • Coach Brian Shaw

      seriously

      this sucks…

    • Coach Brian Shaw

      tough to be a laker fan when they try to monopolize everything for the rich.

  • Lakers 24 7

    I got DirecTV and I would catch all games on KCAL and FSW…now, I gotta switch to cable? FUCK THAT!

    • Jordan

      So you think we can’t watch it on Directv now, since they are rivals?

  • TMC

    About the new deal and where you’ll be able to watch the games! http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/time-warner-cable-signs-20-99510

    • Gugy

      Well,
      At least with this deal I will be able to watch all Lakers games even living in San Diego.
      KCAL was sucks because it was only LA and no other option to watch unless I paid for the damn expensive NBA league pass. Like right now I am watching this fucking loss to the Bobcats again on internet streaming.
      Damn Lakers better get the shit together this playoffs.
      It will be a horrible and disrespectful way to ends Phil career if we don’t step up to the plate and make to the finals.

    • daboss1848

      Who cares about the illegals who can’t speak english watching the lakers? Learn some english or at least some ebonics like the Negros!

      • Gugy

        LOL
        Not interested in being a negro. Pretty happy being white. Sorry bro, try again.

        • TMC

          Fail, another uneducated person trying to sound too good for others. Wonder if daboss1848 is affected by the “one drop” rule?

          • daboss1848

            hack is just trying to rile u up . . .

          • sukmyballz

            lakers can suck my ballz amigo

      • CiEZ

        Fluent English should be a requirement to be a citizen, I’m Mexican, and trust me it bothers me as much as the next white guy when illegals cant speak the language. But I must disagree on Ebonics, that chit needs to go too. I also don’t believe that there needs to be a whole channel devoted to Spanish Lakers Stuff, that’s stupidity at its finest to say the least.

        • TMC

          Another white washed Mexican. US is where cultures mix. If you have variety for the people living here you make more money. It’s all about one color and that color is green in this case. Just because your know English like the rest of us doesn’t mean there can’t be sports in different languages. Lakers are global and have many fans in different ethnicity ;)

        • GI-JOE

          F U CiEZ i hate mexicans like you that think they are american and dont help they own people and you cant speak your own lenguage correctly seious FU !!

        • Josh in the 310

          Fuck u sell out

      • daboss1848

        wow – quite clear why u fear using ur own SN

      • daboss1848

        wow – quite clear why u fear using ur own SN, hack

      • daboss1848

        now that my hack has opened a can of worms – I’m curious y CiEZ has been labeled as “white washed”, “sell out”, unwilling to help his own ppl or cant speak the language – all he said was that ppl should learn the language in the US. He said nothing about whether he speaks Spanish, or whether or not he helps his native countrymen, or that he doesnt “rep” his culture – your criticisms were your own projections and inferences, not his words or even insinuations. I will take issue with the usage of “illegals” – there are plenty of legals who dont speak the language (Mexican, Russian, Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, etc.)

        • daboss1848

          Hack- is trying to make me look un-american. God bless the english speaking America.

          • daboss1848

            yes hack is, r u?

          • dabοss1848

            you two seem to be having a blast.

        • daboss1848

          eh not so much, but now that uv arrived . . .

  • Lakerso0828

    Great Now Hopefully I get to watch the away games since im in San Diego and I only get to watch Home Games this will help alot cause then I dont need to Get the NBA League Pass

    • TMC

      Glad to provide you guys with the detailed information about this new change :)

  • RL

    Does this mean no more joel and stu? it better not…

    • hey

      “Does this mean no more stu? it better not…”

      fixed

    • purple-n-gold

      joel and stu work for the lakers so they go where lakers go. they will stay.

  • Wicked1

    This is not good for the fans. Not just because I don’t have Time Warner anymore, left them in November, but not every Lakers fan has cable or satellite. Eventhough KCAL only has away games, that’s still half of the games of the season on regular tv. My contract with Directv will be up by then, but I don’t see us going back to Time Warner for tv service, because I don’t see their prices goin down. You said that satellite services in the Lakers area will get games, but on what channel? I’m sure the Lakers are getting a nice chunk of cash, but I think the fans lose in this deal

  • Dragon

    Great everything is on cable now first was Conan and now this its so expensive just watch tv oh well lakers suck now anyways. This will reduce amount of watchers and also reduce the amount of fans as well. Also does this mean James Worthy will be out of a job hehehehe…

  • Kevin

    nooo lakers game won’t be the same!! NONONO i been watching it since i was a kid..

  • Vic The Brick’s illegitimate son!

    Why does the lakers organization want to limit their ratings? They must know that not everybody has cable….
    They also know Andrew Bynum get injured every 5 seconds..

    I blame it on Jim Buss! He is nowhere near as smart as his dad Jerry and he is fucking up the team big time!

  • Jordan

    So for those that got Directv, does that mean we won’t be able to watch it? It must suck for those that waTCH IT ON kcal 9 TERRIBLE DEAL!!!!!

  • Jeff-Free

    Sucks for KCAL9 people but its good for us in the SD area. Now we can watch all the Laker games in HD :D

    • Machete

      Jeff – Gonna suck even more for you, when will send the Clippers down to SD w/o Blake Griffin.

  • richard

    How the hell Time Warner came out with the money? They almost didn’t got the ESPN channel now they suddenly able to slap lakers right, is a shame lakers is now become like Yankers. maybe they know they ain’t winning any more.

  • stucktrader

    with Chick gone… i guess the Lakers went with the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.

    Smart decision on Time Warner’s part.

    I get both FSW in our area and overlapping TNT/ESPN.

    The BIG Lakers games will be accessible to everyone.

  • DA BEARS

    This Blows If any1 cant watch it you can always stream games online…atdhe.me dats were i watch um since dish network dont give me fsw fuk twc bastards!

  • lakerman1

    This boggles my mind TWC is not National, its not dish or sattellite, how many people does the Laker Org & TWC think will go for this. Just like everything else Gas/Housing etc lets bilk the people who have the least. Well it was fun being a FAN for the last 3 decades but that time for me is over. I wil be a Fan but not an idiot and once this change happens i will no longer watch the team and will have no need to visit this blog because in the words of Rhet Butler I WILL NOT GIVE A DAMN. Let the people who cannot find any other values in life pay because i sure as hell will not. I will just enjoy the last year i may get to enjoy the game because there is also the CBA waiting in the distance trying to rectify the Monster the Owners created. Lots of luck with that, it will be real interesting to see how that works out.

    • daboss1848

      wow talk about melodrama
      .
      “The networks will be available to all satellite, cable and telco distributors in the Lakers’ territory, which includes all of Southern California, Nevada and Hawaii.”
      .
      you will no longer be a Lakers fan b/c in order to continue to provide us the best and most competitive product the Lakers signed a financially beneficial deal?

      • JUICE

        I hear you daboss1848 (real or hack, i’ve no idea). TWC WILL make the games available to satellite or other cable providers because, after all, they’re in this deal to make money! People should take a little time to do some research and “RESPOND” as opposed to “REACT”.

        The thing that I don’t like is that this forces people to purchase one or the other in order to watch the Lakers’ away games. I know, I know that people SHOULD be living in the 21st century and have either or, but I actually know plenty of people who just have the local channels.

        And everyone that’s pissed at TWC… you guys are mad at the wrong people! The ones that you should be mad are the Lakers’ for signing this deal. TWC just presented the offer, it’s the Lakers that signed it!

        Having said that, Daboss1848 is right that the Lakers’ are just trying to make a deal that’s the most finanacially beneficial to them! Hey, you guys want our team to keep winning championships and signing great players… well, that costs money, and this is a way for them to offset their costs!

        The times are “a changing” though! Eventually, there’ll be no more FREE local channels even and we’ll all have to pay for everything. The internet will cost money too! Not just in the sense that we pay for dial up, DSL, or cable, but in the sense of what tier of internet package! You pay the standard and you’ll gain access to these sites, and you pay the premium then the whole world is your oyster.

        Just wait, within the next ten years or so… everything will end up costing you! Our “Republic” government will demand that of you all and they’ll be monitoring everything that we see and do!

        • daboss1848

          impressive – very few know that we are a “republic” but the cynicism?

          • daboss1848

            hack – not so impressive

        • daboss1848

          violating natural laws by caling the original a hack . . . c’mon hack stick to the script – know ur role..

          • JUICE

            “to hack or not to hack?” I’ll leave that between you guys. As far as the cynicism goes… I didn’t used to be “that guy”, but when you see that no matter who you vote into office, it’s the same old political game that they play, yeah, that renders some cynicism.

            We’re the cattle that’s grazin and they seem to just lead us to the slaughter any time they want! Anyway, I’m “that guy” now!

      • http://espn.com LakersFirst

        Well said. People also fail to realize that this deal makes it possible for the Buss family to continue to own the Lakers. Reports were that Jerry Buss was getting offers as a high as a 1 billion dollars for the Lakers. With this deal, the Lakers have financial security and will continue to be owned by the Buss’ (you know the owners that have made sure the Lakers continue to bring the players that WIN)

  • fingerpointin

    directv wants us all,of us to pay 200 dollars a year to watch the channels we already pay for,if you don’t pay they black out the games,I know that’s why I left them before.

  • Myrhaf

    This is an awesome deal that makes the Lakers the Yankees of basketball. Now they will have more money than any other franchise to buy great players, just as George Steinbrenner did. Imagine buying Derrick Rose from Chicago and Dwight Howard from Orlando. If a player plays well against the Lakers, they can buy him just to have him sitting on their bench instead of some other team’s. This makes the Lakers the team to beat for the rest of the century.

    • John Robertson

      yeah that’s right, this deal is somehow a great deal because they gain more money by signing with the TV, that they can use to keep the Lakers together even with the luxury tax…

      they now have the capacity to keep the Lakers winning

  • Los Lakers

    im all for this, hope they get new color commentators… stu lants pisses me off sometimes…

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  • not6not7not8not9

    i wont miss worthys spin. that shit be stupid

  • Carlos

    TIME WARNER CAN SUCK MY BALLS I BEEN WATCHING THE LAKERS SINCE THE 80′S AND I’M NOT PAYING EXTRA SO THE BUSS FAMILY CAN GET RICHER FUCK THAT !!!!! THAT SHOWS YOU THAT THE BUSS FAMILY DON’T CARE ABOUT THERE FAN’S

    THANKS ALOT FOR CARE ABOUT YOUR FAN’S THE BUSS FAMILY !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I GUESS I’M A CLIPPERS FAN NOW

    • theCAVSREALLY?

      GOOD RIDDANCE BROKE-ASSES! ENJOY THE CLIPPERS “PRETTY DUNKS AND LOSSES”! IF YOU SHOULD A T SOME POINT DECIDE TO GET OFF WELFARE, FOOD STAMPS AND PUBLIC HOUSING, GET A JOB AND BUY CABLE, THE LAKERS WILL WELCOME YOU BACK! THERE’S ALWAYS ROOM ON THE BANDWAGON! http://bit.ly/a6iLTr

  • JIMM167

    SCREW TWC!!!!! KCAL AND FSN WERE GOOD AS IS…………………………LET PROTEST ON GETTING LAKER GAMES VIA NON-TIME WARNER!!!!!!!!!! PURPLE AND GOLD!!!

  • Good chet

    TRUE LAKER FAN PAYS TO SEE THE GAMES…I LIVE IN DENVER AND PAY FOR NBA TV JUST TO WATCH THE BEST TEAM IN ALL OF SPORTS.!! GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • jess

    What channel would it be for bright house