June 3, 2012 |
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.
May 30, 2012 |
Die-hard Los Angeles Kings fan Bobby Scribe hopes for a Stanley Cup victory for his beloved team in six games. But even if that happens, there will be a hole at the heart of the TV coverage, he said, because local announcer Bob Miller, the voice of the Kings for nearly four decades, won't be calling the plays. The National Hockey League finals between the Kings and the New Jersey Devils, airing on NBC and its cable channel NBC Sports Network starting Wednesday night, have a national broadcast team that doesn't include Miller.
May 10, 2012 |
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.
April 24, 2012 |
Clippers Tonight Vs. New York Knicks Time: 5 PDT. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket/ESPN; Radio 980/1330. Where: Madison Square Garden. Records: Clippers 40-25, Knicks 34-30. Record vs. Knicks : 0-0. Update: The Clippers had won 13 of 15 games, but now have lost two of three. They are trying to avoid a third straight loss on the road. The Knicks are in the playoffs, in seventh place in the East, but could finish in sixth if they win their last two games and Orlando loses its last two. — Broderick Turner
April 1, 2012 |
When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 870. Records: Kings 39-27-13, Oilers 31-38-9 through Saturday. Record vs. Oilers: 1-1-1. Update: The Kings, coming off a hectic schedule in terms of games and travel, stayed off the ice Sunday and worked out in the weight room at their practice facility in El Segundo. Kings forward Jeff Carter (ankle) will see a specialist Monday for more extensive tests. He was injured in the third period against Calgary on Wednesday and missed the games at Edmonton and Minnesota and has been on crutches and using a walking boot.
March 29, 2012 |
Why did Magic Johnson and his partners spend so much for the Dodgers -- a record $2.15 billion? Entertainment business reporter Joe Flint says it's because they expect to make it back on television revenue -- and that would mean higher cable rates. Fox's regional cable network Prime Ticket carries Dodgers games at about $38 million per season. That is comparatively low in a time of skyrocketing rights fees, Flint says. Fox's contract with the Dodgers runs through the 2013 season.
March 14, 2012 |
When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 980, 1330. Records: Clippers 23-17, Suns 19-22. Record vs. Suns: 0-1. Update: The Clippers have lost 12 of their last 13 games to the Suns, including a three-point loss this month. This will conclude the second set of back-to-back games this week for the Clippers and it will be their fourth game in five nights. The Suns also will be playing the second of back-to-back games.
March 7, 2012 |
When: 4 PST. Where: Nationwide Arena. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 1150. Records: Kings 31-23-12, Blue Jackets 21-38-7. Record vs. Blue Jackets: 2-1. Update: It is bound to be a rough reception for former Blue Jackets forward Jeff Carter of the Kings, who spent a short but eventful time in Columbus, mostly injured and mostly unhappy. Carter was traded to the Kings for defenseman Jack Johnson and a conditional first-round draft pick on Feb. 23. Carter, who has scored twice for the Kings in five games, had 15 goals and 25 points for the Blue Jackets in 39 games.