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Published October 8, 2012
TAKERS FOR THE LAKERS? In L.A., Bill Plaschke wrote of TWC SportsNet holding the Lakers' TV rights, "As of now, the majority of the games played this season by the new-look, buzz-soaring, championship-or-bust Lakers will not be seen in the majority of Los Angeles households." TWC has been "unable to convince the area's other giant television providers to run their two channels." Providers such as DirecTV, Charter, Dish, Cox, Verizon and AT&T U-Verse are "holding out for a better deal." Even the Lakers "can't watch the Lakers," as the TV provider "for their El Segundo headquarters building is DirecTV." Lakers Exec VP/Business Operations Jeanie Buss said, "I've been a DirecTV customer for years, so I understand what everyone is going through. The providers have to decide whether they want to take our channel, and it's the customers who have to be vocal in letting their provider know they want it." Plaschke: "I've also been a DirecTV customer for years. It was sold to me as the cornerstone for sports channels. ... For them to waste this much time haggling over the hottest sports property among their 1.7 million Los Angeles households is insulting" (L.A. TIMES, 10/7).