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SBD/October 30, 2012/NBA Season Preview
More Than 1 Million Houston Homes Could Miss Rockets Opener On CSN Houston
Published October 30, 2012
LAKERS FANS LEFT OUT: In California, Michael Lev notes the “first of 57 exclusive" Time Warner Cable SportsNet broadcasts of Lakers games is tomorrow night against the Trail Blazers. Lev: “For all those Lakers fans out there whose cable or satellite provider has yet to strike a deal with TWC -- a group that dwindled over the weekend -- I feel your pain. Your angst is completely justifiable. But the real message here is that some things are worth waiting for. Yes, the possibility of missing Lakers games that count absolutely stinks. But the long-term benefits of the Lakers' $4 billion contract with TWC clearly exceed the frustration of the moment.” If the TWC deal helps the Lakers re-sign C Dwight Howard next year, "a handful of missed games this fall will seem like a small price to pay” (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 10/30).
TWC NOTES: MEDIA POST's David Goetzl reported TWC SportsNet will offer games in Korean via secondary audio programming, something the net believes "marks the first time the option has been available in the U.S. for an RSN." The net is "working with Radio Seoul on the initiative," which will begin next month. Southern California has the "largest population of Koreans in the country, with some 330,000 people" (MEDIAPOST.com, 10/29). TWC SportsNet yesterday announced that it has signed a deal with the WCC to air at least 15 live men’s basketball games this season. Nine of the telecasts will air as “WCC Game of the Week” matchups on Saturdays this winter, paired with a weekly half-hour program on WCC athletics. Meanwhile, Kurt Rambis will appear in studio on TWC SportsNet for select Lakers games this season. His first game will be tomorrow’s Lakers-Blazers game (THE DAILY).