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SBD/February 22, 2011/Media
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Published February 22, 2011
LOSING THEIR LAKERS: An L.A. TIMES editorial stated the 20-year deal between the Lakers and TWC that is worth around $300M is a "sign of how the economics of sports are pushing the game out of the reach of many fans." An estimated 620,000 HHs in L.A. "rely on over-the-air TV, more than in any other U.S. market," and for "many years, Lakers fans with rabbit ears have been able to watch a little more than half of the team's games." However, under the TWC deal, "which analysts speculate could be worth five times what Fox pays, all games not broadcast nationally will be carried only on Time Warner's new networks." Those nets are "certain to exact a heavy price, which operators will pass on to their customers" (L.A. TIMES, 2/20).