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No Time Warner TV Deal Could Cause Potential L.A. Economic Problems

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After I recently wrote an article explaining the details of the Los Angeles Lakers’ deal with Time Warner Cable and what is going to happen with other pay-TV providers, I got many responses as to what people will do in order to watch the games.

As of right now, TWC is the only provider that will carry its new channel, SportsNet; as other companies are still negotiating with them for rights to the channel.

Many of the replies I got simply said they would have no problem streaming Lakers games (illegally, of course) over the internet, and would lose no sleep over it. For me, that’s not an option as I have a 60″ TV that I refuse to watch anything–let alone my favorite sports team–not formatted in high definition.

Not to mention my friends and I often host “Laker parties” that involve drinking games and other fun activities (the official Lakers Nation drinking game will be up before the start of the regular season) that just wouldn’t be the same without the Lakers on the big screen.

This brings me to my next topic: Restaurants and bars.

When the Lakers were ousted from the 2011 playoffs in the second round, there was a report that local businesses would lose up to $70 million in revenues as a result of losing a possible total of just 14 games! Obviously, those would have been highly anticipated playoff games, and many of those businesses would have been merchandisers and not just restaurants or bars.

However, there is no question that not having access to Lakers games will hurt any type of food/beverage service in California that usually has sports on their televisions.

Obviously, some of these establishments may have Time Warner Cable, but many of them have satellite TV. Similarly, there are many areas in which TWC is not available. For instance, Barney’s Beanery–a sports bar in Pasadena, among other places–has some form of satellite TV and does not have access to TWC.

This will have a positive-negative effect on many businesses as fans who are in the same predicament as I am (having Charter Communications but living in an area that TWC does not have coverage) will seek out restaurants and/or bars that do have TWC, and the ones that don’t will be dried out during Lakers games.

Basically, under the current situation, if you’re a restaurant or bar owner that has TWC, you can be sure your business will be packed at least three to four times a week, but if your business doesn’t or can’t get TWC, you might expect quite a hit financially.

That is why there must be an urgency among TWC and other providers to get deals done as soon as possible.

Many pay-TV providers think the $4 per month, per household price that TWC wants to charge may be too high; since in order to make money those secondary providers would likely have to charge their users a fee on top of that as well–which could discourage consumers.

Additionally, with the growing consensus that plenty of fans are already willing to stream the games illegally, perhaps the various sides can reach a “flat rate” type of deal for the rights to SportsNet.

At the very least, they must come together in support of local businesses which will surely lose millions in revenue if they don’t.

Note: For more information on acquiring TWC’s SportNet or whether your current provider will be carrying the channel, go to iwantmylakers.com. You can also send a request to your current provider through the site as well.

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  • Stephen

    I would be more than willing to pay 5 or 6 dollars more a month for Laker games. I’d have to pay $10 for a quesadilla 3 or 4 times a week at the sports bar!! That’s $280 a month!!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3TDA2EQ2PM33VAQOLSF54QHOAM M

      Your diet consists of quesadillas at least 3-4x per week? Damn you have more to worry about than Laker games while shoveling that garbage down your gullet. Also your numbers are off a tad…

    • Ken

       We shouldn’t have to pay .10 more, we already pay way too much to support the greedy sports franchises. We support them via merchandise and ticket sales, that’s plenty in my opinion. The Lakers screwed us all with this deal, I say to hell with them and all franchises that choose more dollars over their fans, enough already we need to stay firm on this, are you with me??

  • http://twitter.com/jessipants77 Jessica Glover

    Not happy at all, I have Directv, and time warner is the worst cable company ever. I hope the Lakers are happy they screwed all of their fans out of being able to watch games

  • http://www.facebook.com/jai.a.murphy Jai Ahmed Murphy

    I would pay an extra $10.00 a month and i would make an adjustment by removing something else from my package like discovery channel or even showtime channels. no big deal for me!

  • Bobby Baker

    Will NBA League  Pass carry the Lakers games?

    • Mastercylinder

       yes , but most likely they will be blacked out in L.A.

      • Wb6asq

        this latest Lakers debacule is Bullshit

  • Guest

    Steaming on the Internet and mirror it on your tv, also you can use nba pass, and use a ISP number from a state that does not have a local nba team. Make time Warner suffer.

  • Eddiemoren0

    have they already worked out a deal with uverse?

  • http://www.facebook.com/bmursick Bobby Lee Mursick

    I live in az and Cant imagine the way fans are Filling that live local.this is a travisty,I watch every laker game and am a die hard fan.very angry!!!dont know what iam going to do.I have Dish net in az what can I do to get all the games,iam going crazy somebody help me!!!aahhhh

    • Suki Thind

      I’m seriously having anxiety about this too. I’ve probably missed a total of 10 games since like 05. lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeanne.rugg Jeanne Gully Rugg

    I don’t want to miss any preseason games, but I won’t worry until it gets down to the regular season.  Some people seem to think that the deals will go down, but some don’t.  If other providers don’t get a clue, there’s gonna be chaos.  As much as I love DirecTV, I already told them I’d switch to TWC if they didn’t carry the Lakers.  That’s the deal breaker for me.  Well, we’ll see what happens.

    • Ken

       If you switch to TWC you fell right into their trap, don’t do it man! We can and will survive without the Lakers, find a new hobby and make them PAY for this sham!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeanne.rugg Jeanne Gully Rugg

    I  don’t want to miss any preseason games, but I won’t worry until it gets down to the regular season.  Some people seem to think that the deals will go down, but some don’t.  If other providers don’t get a clue, there’s gonna be chaos.  As much as I love DirecTV, I already told them I’d switch to TWC if they didn’t carry the Lakers.  That’s the deal breaker for me.  Well, we’ll see what happens.

    • Suki Thind

      Yup, same with me. Unfortunately, I can’t get TWC in my area. But I did tell Charter they had better get it. SportsNet actually seems like it’s going to give me my Lakers fix daily. lol

  • Boss Hog

    If they do charge $4.00 per subscriber, I hope the cable companies absorb the costs because I know a TON of non Lakers fans that would be absolutely pissed if they tack on that charge automatically to subscribers. The cable and satellite companies can’t assume everyone are Lakers fans willing to pay the cost. I, myself would happily pay the cost. $4.00 is nothing to watch my all time favorite team.

  • Caintellect

    I hope TWC and Diectv can come to an agreement if not I will just have order the NBA League pass on Directv for almost 200 bucks just to catch the Lakers. I refuse to switch to TWC.

  • Onnak

    First game is tonight and no deal yet.  I have Cox and am trying to find out how to watch the game.  Isn’t this an anti-trust violation by TWC?  I guess they will be losing money since the majority of viewers will be unable to that.  All their advertisers should be lining up to get their money back. . .

  • Richwrighttw

    nba league pass

  • Richwrighttw

    get “strong vpn” and NBA league pass. Look for coupons to get a discount on League Pass

  • Westcoastfastball

    Don’t make Laker fans pay to watch you guys– you already have to sell your house to actually go to a game.. let’s GO– get the FREE DEAL DONE!

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