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May 10, 2012 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
Already the largest cable television provider in Los Angeles, Time Warner Cable Inc. now wants to become the dominant sports programmer in the region. On Oct. 1, the New York company will launch two regional sports networks: Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Spanish-language network Time Warner Cable Deportes. The cable operator has shelled out billions of dollars to snag the Los Angeles Lakers away from Fox Sports West and now has its eye on the Dodgers too. The company is tired of being held hostage by high-priced sports channels and has decided to stop fighting the competition and begin imitating it. The cable operator, which has about 2 million subscribers in Southern California, is taking steps to cut out the middle man. That middleman is News Corp., parent of local cable channels Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket and a formidable opponent.
It won't exactly be a case of double vision, but viewers tuning into either KCAL Channel 9 or cable's Prime Ticket Network at 7:30 tonight will see the Lakers-Clippers game. It is believed to be the first time a regional cable sports network will televise the same event as a broadcast station in the same market.
October 13, 1985 | Lee Margulies
You can't get your fill of football, basketball, boxing, golf, auto racing, harness racing . . . even year-old Olympics events? Help is on the way. It's Prime Ticket, a cable service that premieres Saturday with an exhibition game between the Lakers and Celtics, the first of 200 live events planned for the first year.
April 15, 1989
With a chance to dethrone the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Kings host Edmonton in Game 7 of their Smythe Division semifinal this weekend. Prime Ticket (cable) carries the decisive match-up tonight at 7:30. And as the pro basketball season winds down, the Lakers go up against two lowly foes. Tonight they take on the Clippers, their cross-town rivals, in the Sports Arena at 7:30 p.m. on Channel 9. On Sunday, the world champions will host the Miami Heat at 7:30 p.m. on Prime Ticket.
June 3, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
The Kings and Fox Sports have reached agreement on a new television contract, providing an immediate cash injection that could help the team retain star goaltender Jonathan Quick. The new deal keeps the Kings on Fox Sports West through 2024 and guarantees the team about $250 million, according to a person familiar with the agreement who was not authorized to discuss the terms. The contract ranks among the most lucrative local cable deals for any NHL team. The deal is expected to be announced Monday, before the Kings play the New Jersey Devils in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final.
October 10, 1989
USC's Pacific 10 Conference football game against California Saturday at Berkeley has been rescheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m., USC school officials announced. The game, which will be broadcast live on Prime Ticket cable, was originally scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. but was changed last week to a 7:30 p.m. start to accommodate a possible ESPN telecast, which failed to materialize.
February 7, 2010
Up next AT USC Feb. 14, 7 p.m., Prime Ticket The Trojans humiliated the Bruins, 67-46, on Jan. 16. UCLA shot only 33% in that game and was outrebounded, 37-22. USC has swept UCLA only four times since 1942, the last being in 2004 -- Chris Foster
December 11, 1986
The Cal State Long Beach men's basketball team will try for its third straight victory tonight at 7:30 against Pepperdine at Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu. The game will be televised by Prime Ticket. Ron Palmer's 49ers, 11-45 the last two seasons, are 3-2 this year and are coming off victories over Bradley and Houston. The 49ers play at Loyola-Marymount Saturday night.
April 7, 2010
Clippers tonight AT SACRAMENTO When: 7 Where: Arco Arena. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 980. Records: Clippers 27-51, Kings 24-54. Record vs. Kings: 1-2. Update: A tale of two losing streaks with the NBA season winding down. The Kings have lost eight straight games and are 1-9 in their last 10. — Lisa Dillman
February 28, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 980, 1330. Records: Clippers 40-20: Pelicans 23-34, Record vs. Pelicans: 2-0. Update: The Clippers have defeated the Pelicans five consecutive games, including a 123-110 win at New Orleans on Monday. The Clippers are 24-5 at home.
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