Now it’s Anaheim’s turn to boo-in on Lakers-TWC SportsNet sitaution


During the Lakers’ first home exhibition game of the season, last Saturday against the Jazz at Staples Center, fans booed frequently whenever a Time Warner commercial was shown on the scoreboard video screen.

Anaheim, it’s your call.

As of today, the need to see the Lakers’ fourth stop in the eight-game exhibition season tonight against Utah at the Honda Center did not facilitate any resolution in negotiations between TWC and all other dish and cable outlets in Southern California for the distribution of its SportsNet and Deportes channels.

Lakers coach Mike Brown, an Anaheim Hills resident, told the Orange County Register on Monday that even he was confused about whether he received games at home on his DirecTV service.

“I’d like my wife and kids to be able to see me coach, you know?” he said. “How’s that whole thing working, anyway?”

Well, you know … Like always. It takes time. And hand-wringing.

DirecTV, Dish Network, Cox, Charter, Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-verse are the main providers who have so far refused to pay the $3.95 per subscriber, per month fee asked by TWC, based in El Segundo. Expect more to happen as the Lakers’ first regular-season game exclusive to TWC happens on Halloween night when the team plays in Portland, the day after the season begins at home against Dallas on TNT.

Lakers spokesman John Black: “We expect that Time Warner will reach deals with other TV providers in the near future, but I cannot give you an estimate on when.”

The Lakers’ next stop — in Las Vegas, to play Sacramento on Friday — is another part of the TWC SportsNet and Deportes coverage area that receive games. On Oct. 25, the Lakers have an exhibition game in San Diego, where their games are televised as well.

Meanwhile, the Dodgers began a 45-day negotiation period Monday with Fox Sports West to possibly renew their local TV rights deal. They have until Nov. 30 to figure out a resolution starting after the 2013 season, or else TWC is expected to jump in and begin overpaying for those rights as well — it has already given the Lakers a reported $3 billion deal to own their local TV carriage for the next 20 years.

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