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How the Lakers DirecTV blackout has affected bar and restaurant businesses

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Merchadise for both the Lakers and Clippers on display at L.A. Live across the street from Staples Center between a Los Angeles Clippers game agaisnt the Detroit Pistons and a game between the Utah Jazz the Los Angeles Lakers on March 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

Lakers fans with DirecTV can breathe a sigh of relief. The satellite broadcaster finally reached a deal with the Time Warner channel, Sportsnet, which now carries the Lakers.

DirecTV subscribers missed out on the early games of the season, while negotiations between the broadcasters stalled.

Many sports bars and restaurants with DirecTV have had a hard time attracting customers without the Lakers on their screens, especially in the L.A. Live complex in Downtown L.A.

Aaron Garisek, Director of Operations of the ESPNZone at L.A. Live tells us how the Lakers blackout affected his business.

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