As the NBA season gets closer to tipping off, Lakers fans are getting nervous that the team won't be able to be seen in homes that don't receive Time Warner cable.
The new look purple-and-gold recently partnered with the cable giant who is having a hard time convincing other SoCal outlets to carry the games. Because of that, millions of tv sets poised to broadcast Kobe, Pau, and Metta World Peace join forces with newly acquired Steve Nash and Dwight Howard will be blacked out unless deals are reached with the likes of DirecTV, AT&T Uverse, Cox, Dish and others.
Playfully, yesterday we recommended five ways people can watch the games without having Time Warner cable, including moving to San Diego or Fresno, which we assumed were far enough away from Staples Center that it would avoid a blackout.
But a very nice representative from Time Warner notified us today that SportsNet's net is wider than we ever imagined. San Diego and Fresno is part of the blackout area. As is Clark County, Nevada and even Hawaii!
"Time Warner Cable SportsNet's and Time Warner Cable Deportes' broadcast territory, in accordance with the National Basketball Association's (NBA) broadcast territory rules, includes all regions that previously broadcast Lakers games," Amy Summers, Manager, Communications, Time Warner Cable Sports wrote KPCC Wednesday.
"That area stretches from Fresno County to the north to San Diego County and Imperial County to the south. It also includes Hawaii and Clark County, NV. Full list of CA counties that can receive Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes: Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Tulare and Ventura," she added.
Got it: there's nowhere to hide.
But before considering moving to Arizona, a DirecTV rep yesterday said that negotiations are ongoing.
“Lakers Fans can rest assured that DirecTV is very engaged in this," DirecTV's Robert Mercer told KPCC's Brian Watt Tuesday. The satellite giant has one million subscribers in the Southland.
“Time Warner and DirecTV are two of the largest TV providers in Los Angeles," Mercer said. "We both share a responsibility to make sure both sports fans and non-sports fans don’t have to deal with any extraordinary increases to their families’ monthly bills.”