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April 16, 2014 | By Joe Flint
So much for team loyalty. Ratings for the Los Angeles Lakers on SportsNet have taken a dramatic tumble this season, along with the team's win-loss record. According to Nielsen, Lakers games have averaged a 2.15 household rating on Time Warner Cable's SportsNet this season. That translates to 122,000 households and is a 54% drop from the previous season and is believed to be a new low for the franchise. The team's season ends tonight in San Antonio against the Spurs. PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV The previous low for Lakers games was a 2.71 rating for the 2004-05 season, when the team was on Fox Sports West.  Despite the woes of the Lakers, it's still their town.
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April 16, 2014 | By Joe Flint
So much for team loyalty. Ratings for the Los Angeles Lakers on SportsNet have taken a dramatic tumble this season, along with the team's win-loss record. According to Nielsen, Lakers games have averaged a 2.15 household rating on Time Warner Cable's SportsNet this season. That translates to 122,000 households and is a 54% drop from the previous season and is believed to be a new low for the franchise. The team's season ends tonight in San Antonio against the Spurs. PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV The previous low for Lakers games was a 2.71 rating for the 2004-05 season, when the team was on Fox Sports West.  Despite the woes of the Lakers, it's still their town.
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November 2, 2012 | By Joe Flint
Although the winless Lakers are hardly must-see television at the moment, that is of little solace to the millions of DirecTV and Cox subscribers who are unable to watch the team's games on their new cable home, SportsNet, which is owned by Time Warner Cable. Time Warner Cable hoped to have all of its distribution agreements for SportsNet and its Spanish-language companion channel, Deportes, locked up by now. Deals with Charter and Verizon Fios were finished before the first Lakers regular-season game appeared on the two channels Wednesday, but both Cox and DirecTV are playing hardball.
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April 3, 2014 | By Joe Flint
An average of 37,000 people have watched the Dodgers this week on their new television home, SportsNet LA, according to Nielsen. That pales in comparison to the first two games last season on Fox-owned Prime Ticket, both of which averaged around 300,000 viewers. Of course, Prime Ticket is available everywhere while SportsNet LA is currently only on Time Warner Cable, which is handing distribution for the channel. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll         Angel ratings, meanwhile, are off to a strong start.
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November 15, 2012 | By Joe Flint
Lakers fans are finally getting some good news. Satellite broadcaster DirecTV has struck a deal to carry SportsNet, the Time Warner Cable-owned network that is the new TV home for the Lakers, sources close to the talks said. An announcement could come as early as this afternoon, they said. The deal ends a long standoff between the two companies. DirecTV has about 1.7 million subscribers in Southern California and having it carry SportsNet and sister Spanish-language channel Deportes was crucial for Time Warner Cable.
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October 27, 2012 | By Joe Flint
AT&T U-Verse customers won't have to worry about missing any Laker games this season. Time Warner Cable has struck a distribution deal for its new regional sports networks SportsNet and Deportes with AT&T U-Verse, which has about 450,000 subscribers in Southern California. INTERACTIVE: All things Lakers The agreement is the third distribution deal Time Warner Cable has struck in two days. On Friday it reached agreements with Charter Communcations and Verizon Fios.
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November 12, 2012 | By Joe Flint
Laker fans and team management probably weren't the only ones hoping Phil Jackson would agree to a deal to return as coach of the team. Time Warner Cable, which is the new TV rights holder for the Lakers, also would have been thrilled if the "Zen Master" came back. That's because hiring Jackson would have put more pressure on satellite broadcaster DirecTV to strike a deal to carry SportsNet, the new regional sports channel Time Warner started which is the TV home for the Lakers.
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November 7, 2012 | By Joe Flint
The Lakers are battling the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night on Time Warner Cable's new regional sports channel SportsNet, but if DirecTV subscribers want to follow the action they'll either have to visit a bar that's showing the game or go old school and listen to the radio. And it may be that way for awhile. Speaking with Wall Street analysts and investors Tuesday about the satellite broadcaster's third-quarter results, DirecTV Chief Executive Mike White did not sound optimistic, but rather someone trying to draw a line in the sand.  While White said DirecTV continues to have "active discussions" with Time Warner Cable about carrying SportsNet and its Spanish-language companion Deportes, he also blasted the rising cost of programming, particularly for sports.
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October 24, 2012 | By Joe Flint
The first regular season Los Angeles Lakers game scheduled to air on Time Warner Cable's new SportsNet channel is just a week away and the cable company still does not have any distribution deals with other pay-TV providers in the region. If Time Warner Cable doesn't get deals done soon, millions of Lakers fans will be missing a lot of basketball. On Wednesday, Cox Cable, which has 1.2 million subscribers in Southern California, primarily in Orange County and San Diego, said its offer to carry SportsNet and Time Warner Cable's Spanish-language sports channel Deportes on a specialty tier along with other sports channels was rebuffed.
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November 1, 2012 | By Joe Flint
Although the winless Lakers are hardly must-see television at the moment, that is of little solace to the millions of DirecTV and Cox subscribers who are unable to watch the team's games on their new cable home SportsNet, which is owned by Time Warner Cable. Time Warner Cable was hoping to have all its distribution agreements for SportsNet and its Spanish-language companion channel Deportes locked up by now. Deals with Charter and Verizon Fios were finished before the first Lakers game appeared on the two channels Wednesday, but both Cox and DirecTV are playing hardball.
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April 1, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
My whopper of a journey ended in a Burger King, in front of a darkened TV screen hanging in a corner obscured by a tall guy eating a bag of fries. The Dodgers game had just ended, and I had missed it. All of it. Every pitch, every hit, every Vin. My Tuesday afternoon quest to watch the Dodgers' first domestic appearance on their new SportsNet LA channel had finished in fast-food failure. Bad enough that this new channel reaches only 30% of Los Angeles. On the first day that would test the effect of the Dodgers' decision to cut a TV deal that has cut out the majority of their fans, the channel reached 0% of me. I tried.
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January 29, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Magic Johnson apparently isn't the only one who thinks the Lakers are unwatchable. The Lakers' ratings on Time Warner Cable SportsNet declined 37.5% over the team's first 40 games versus the same period last season, according to Nielsen ratings in the Los Angeles market. Lakers games averaged a 2.72 rating over those games, down from a 4.35 last season, TWC's first as the team's broadcast partner. "I wouldn't be overly concerned about it, but I certainly would keep an eye on it," said David Carter, executive director of the USC Sports Business Institute.
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December 28, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
JERRY HAIRSTON , JR., 37, utility player Final 2013 stats: .211 batting average, two homers, 22 RBI, 17 runs and .265 on-base and .275 slugging percentages in 226 plate appearances. Contract status: Retired. The good: He hit .258 in the first half. Continued strong versatility, playing third, first, left, right and even a touch of second. Proved a natural with microphone in hand. Your browser does not support iframes. The bad: Went on the disabled list with a strained hamstring in May, came back to hit well for a month, and then it all went downhill.
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October 3, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Time Warner Cable SportsNet has expanded its on-air Lakers broadcast team to include Byron Scott and Luke Walton. Scott won three NBA titles with the Lakers in the mid-1980s. Walton has two rings from the Lakers' 2009 and 2010 championships. "The addition of Byron Scott and Luke Walton to our on-air team allows Time Warner Cable SportsNet to give fans incredible perspective on the Los Angeles Lakers. Byron is an experienced and respected NBA veteran and Luke is fresh off of an accomplished NBA career," said Larry Meyers, vice president, content and executive producer, Time Warner Cable Sports Regional Networks.
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June 11, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
James Worthy was a seven-time All-Star for the Lakers, winning three titles (1985, 1987 and 1988). On Wednesday, longtime Lakers photographer Andy Bernstein sits down with Worthy for an episode of "Through the Lens" on Time Warner Cable SportsNet. The two discuss their top-10 favorite photos of Worthy, looking back at Lakers history through the years. The 6-foot-9 forward was a vital part of the Lakers' "Showtime" era, joining the team in 1982 as the first pick in the draft.
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May 22, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
On Wednesday night, Time Warner Cable SportsNet will air a one-hour special, "Access SportsNet: Lakers - Plays of the Year. " Hosts Chris McGee and Andy Adler, analyst Dave Miller and play-by-play announcer John Ireland will count down the top 50 plays of the season. Some of the highlights include Kobe Bryant's big night against the Toronto Raptors, Dwight Howard's game-saving block in a comeback win over the New Orleans Hornets and Bryant's free throws against the Golden State Warriors (shot just after he had torn his Achilles' tendon)
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December 28, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
JERRY HAIRSTON , JR., 37, utility player Final 2013 stats: .211 batting average, two homers, 22 RBI, 17 runs and .265 on-base and .275 slugging percentages in 226 plate appearances. Contract status: Retired. The good: He hit .258 in the first half. Continued strong versatility, playing third, first, left, right and even a touch of second. Proved a natural with microphone in hand. Your browser does not support iframes. The bad: Went on the disabled list with a strained hamstring in May, came back to hit well for a month, and then it all went downhill.
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April 10, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
On Wednesday night, Time Warner Cable SportsNet will air " Connected With...Kobe Bryant ," an exclusive conversation between the Lakers' All-Star guard and host Kevin Frazier. Bryant talks about "the Lakers' playoff hopes, his relationships with Dwight Howard and Phil Jackson [and] his future in Los Angeles. " "I could play another five years," says Bryant. "That's not to say I will. " Additionally, on Wednesday, " Backstage: Lakers " gives a look behind the scenes as Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant share a moment on the night of O'Neal's jersey retirement.
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March 12, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Dwight Howard is the subject of a Time Warner Cable SportsNet special entitled "Connected With ... Dwight Howard. " Scheduled to air at 8 p.m. Tuesday, after the Lakers visit the Orlando Magic, the show will have Howard sitting down with Kevin Frazier for a half-hour interview. "Right now, my focus is totally on this year, on trying to get to the playoffs," Howard said to Frazier during the interview. "I've had dreams about it, having an amazing second half of the season, get into the playoffs, win the championship and the whole city goes crazy.
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