Time Warner Cable SportsNet plans extensive Lakers coverage

Time Warner Cable SportsNet will have extensive coverage of the Los Angeles Lakers in the postseason, starting Sunday with pre and post-game coverage of Game 1 against the San Antonio Spurs.

In addition, Time Warner Cable SportsNet will televise Games 2 through 7 of the playoff series against the Spurs. Sunday’s Game 1 can be seen on ABC at 12:30 p.m.

Here’s the live Game schedule on Time Warner Cable SportsNet, followed by the official release with all of the Lakers’ programming details:

Game                    Date                                      Time                     Pre-game  at

Game 2                Wed., April 24                   6:30 p.m.             5:00 p.m.

Game 3                Fri., April 26                      7:30 p.m.             6:00 p.m.

Game 4                Sun. April 28                      4:00 p.m.             3:00 p.m.

Game 5*              Tues., April 30                  TBD                       TBD

Game 6*              Thurs., May 2                    TBD                       TBD

Game 7*              Sat., May 4                          TBD                       TBD

 

 

TIME WARNER CABLE SPORTSNET TO PROVIDE EXTENSIVE LAKERS PLAYOFF COVERAGE led by the on-air talent lakers fans have watched all season long, INCLUDING LIVE GAMES, pre- and post-game analysis and new original shows

Stu Lantz and Bill Macdonald will call all Lakers playoff games on Time Warner Cable SportsNet

 

“#LakeShow” and “Access SportsNet: Lakers” pre- and post-game shows will air for all Lakers playoff games; a new episode of “Connected With…Mike D’Antoni” premieres tomorrow at 9:00 p.m. PT

 

EL SEGUNDO, CA (April 18, 2013) – Time Warner Cable SportsNet will provide extensive Lakers playoff coverage throughout the team’s playoff run, led by the familiar on-air talent that Lakers fans have watched all season long. The broadcast team of color commentator Stu Lantz and play-by-play announcer Bill Macdonald will call all Lakers playoff games airing on Time Warner Cable SportsNet and sideline reporter Mike Trudell, reporter John Ireland and analysts James Worthy, Robert Horry, Kurt Rambis, Chris McGee, Dave Miller and Andy Adler will continue to provide expert analysis on the network.

 

Live studio shows “#LakeShow” and “Access SportsNet: Lakers” will air for every Lakers playoff game, with expanded coverage, commentary and analysis surrounding each contest. On non-game nights, “Access SportsNet” will provide insights and updates about the Lakers and the rest of the NBA. Live pre-game coverage of Game 1 on Sunday, April 21 will begin at 11:30 a.m. with Worthy, McGee, Miller and Adler in studio.

 

A new episode of “Connected With…Mike D’Antoni” will premiere tomorrow, Friday, April 19 at 9:00 p.m. PT. Chris McGee sat down with the Lakers Head Coach in the Time Warner Cable SportsNet studio to discuss joining the Lakers, making the playoffs, working with players like Kobe Bryant and more.

 

The popular behind-the-scenes series “Backstage: Lakers” will continue throughout the Lakers’ playoff run, with episode 30 premiering on Wednesday, April 24 at 10:00 p.m. PT following Time Warner Cable SportsNet’s coverage of Game 2. The new episode will go inside last night’s Lakers win over the Rockets, giving fans an exclusive look into the locker room before and after the game, and will follow the team as it prepares for Game 1 on Sunday.

 

Time Warner Cable SportsNet will also debut the new series “Through the Lens” on Wednesday, April 24 at 10:30 p.m. The new half-hour show will give Lakers fans a look at the team’s storied history through the eyes and camera lens of long-time Lakers team photographer Andy Bernstein, who has been with the team since 1982 and is responsible for photographing some of the Lakers’ and NBA’s most iconic moments.  Additional episodes of “Through the Lens” will premiere this summer. In the first episode, Bernstein tells the stories behind his 10 favorite Lakers still photos.

 

Korean Secondary Audio Programming (SAP) will continue for all Lakers playoff games on Time Warner Cable SportsNet, with commentary by Paul Lee, Young-don Lee, Seung Chan Lim, Sang Yeol Moon and Ji-Seoung You.

 

A full schedule of Lakers First Round Playoff games airing on Time Warner Cable SportsNet:

 

Game                    Date                                      Time                     Live pre-game coverage starting at

Game 2                Wed., April 24                   6:30 p.m.             5:00 p.m.

Game 3                Fri., April 26                      7:30 p.m.             6:00 p.m.

Game 4                Sun. April 28                      4:00 p.m.             3:00 p.m.

Game 5*              Tues., April 30                  TBD                       TBD

Game 6*              Thurs., May 2                    TBD                       TBD

Game 7*              Sat., May 4                          TBD                       TBD

 

All times listed are PT.

* – If necessary

All dates and times subject to change.

Clippers open playoffs Saturday; Lakers play Sunday

Here are the NBA playoff schedules for the first-round matchups (all times Pacific):

WESTERN CONFERENCE

(1) Oklahoma City vs. (8) Houston

Game 1 – Sun April 21, Houston at Oklahoma City, 6:30 p.m. ET, TNT

Game 2 – Wed April 24, Houston at Oklahoma City, 4 p.m., TNT

Game 3 – Sat April 27, Oklahoma City at Houston, 6:30 p.m., ESPN/R

Game 4 – Mon April 29, Oklahoma City at Houston, TBD, TBD

Game 5 * Wed May 1, Houston at Oklahoma City, TBD, TBD

Game 6 * Fri May 3, Oklahoma City at Houston, TBD, TBD

Game 7 * Sun May 5, Houston at Oklahoma City, TBD, TBD

(2) SAN ANTONIO vs. (7) L.A. LAKERS

Game 1 – Sun April 21, L.A. Lakers at San Antonio, 12:30 p.m., ABC/R

Game 2 – Wed April 24, L.A. Lakers at San Antonio, 6:30 p.m., TNT

Game 3 – Fri April 26, San Antonio at L.A. Lakers, 7:30 p.m., ESPN

Game 4 – Sun April 28, San Antonio at L.A. Lakers, 4 p.m., TNT

Game 5 * Tue April 30, L.A. Lakers at San Antonio, TBD, TBD

Game 6 * Thu May 2, San Antonio at L.A. Lakers, TBD, TBD

Game 7 * Sat May 4, L.A. Lakers at San Antonio, TBD, TNT

(3) DENVER VS. (6) GOLDEN STATE 

Game 1 – Sat April 20, Golden State at Denver, 2:30 p.m., ESPN

Game 2 – Tue April 23, Golden State at Denver, 7:30 p.m., TNT

Game 3 – Fri April 26, Denver at Golden State, 7:30 p.m., ESPN2

Game 4 – Sun April 28, Denver at Golden State, 6:30 p.m., TNT

Game 5 * Tue April 30, Golden State at Denver, TBD, TBD

Game 6 * Thu May 2, Denver at Golden State, TBD, TBD

Game 7 * Sat May 4, Golden State at Denver, TBD, TNT

(4) L.A. CLIPPERS VS. (5) MEMPHIS

Game 1 – Sat April 20, Memphis at L.A. Clippers, 7:30 p.m., ESPN

Game 2 – Mon April 22, Memphis at L.A. Clippers, 7:30 p.m., TNT

Game 3 – Thu April 25, L.A. Clippers at Memphis, 6:30 p.m., TNT

Game 4 – Sat April 27, L.A. Clippers at Memphis, 1:30 p.m., TNT

Game 5 * Tue April 30, Memphis at L.A. Clippers, TBD, TBD

Game 6 * Fri May 3, L.A. Clippers at Memphis, TBD, TBD

Game 7 * Sun May 5, Memphis at L.A. Clippers, TBD, TBD

___________________________________________________

EASTERN CONFERENCE

(1) MIAMI vs. (8) MILWAUKEE 

Game 1 – Sun April 21, Milwaukee at Miami, 4 p.m., TNT

Game 2 – Tue April 23, Milwaukee at Miami, 4:30 p.m., NBA TV

Game 3 – Thu April 25, Miami at Milwaukee, 4 p.m., TNT

Game 4 – Sun April 28, Miami at Milwaukee, 12:30 p.m., ABC

Game 5 * Tue April 30, Milwaukee at Miami, TBD, TBD

Game 6 * Thu May 2, Miami at Milwaukee, TBD, TBD

Game 7 * Sat May 4, Milwaukee at Miami, TBD, TNT

(2) NEW YORK vs. (7) BOSTON

Game 1 – Sat April 20, Boston at New York, 12 p.m., ABC/R

Game 2 – Tue April 23, Boston at New York, 5 p.m., TNT

Game 3 – Fri April 26, New York at Boston, 5 p.m., ESPN

Game 4 - Sun April 28, New York at Boston, 10 a.m., ABC/R

Game 5 * Wed May 1, Boston at New York, TBD, TBD

Game 6 * Fri May 3, New York at Boston, TBD, TBD

Game 7 * Sun May 5, Boston at New York, TBD, TBD

(3) INDIANA vs. (6) ATLANTA

Game 1 – Sun April 21, Atlanta at Indiana, 10 a.m., TNT

Game 2 – Wed April 24, Atlanta at Indiana, 4:30 p.m., NBA TV

Game 3 – Sat April 27, Indiana at Atlanta, 4 p.m., ESPN

Game 4 – Mon April 29, Indiana at Atlanta, TBD, TBD

Game 5 * Wed May 1, Atlanta at Indiana, TBD, TBD

Game 6 * Fri May 3, Indiana at Atlanta, TBD, TBD

Game 7 * Sun May 5, Atlanta at Indiana, TBD, TBD

(4) BROOKLYN vs. (5) CHICAGO

Game 1 – Sat April 20, Chicago at Brooklyn, 5 p.m., ESPN

Game 2 – Mon April 22, Chicago at Brooklyn, 5 p.m., TNT

Game 3 – Thu April 25, Brooklyn at Chicago, 5:30 p.m., NBA TV

Game 4 - Sat April 27, Brooklyn at Chicago, 11 a.m., TNT

Game 5 * Mon April 29, Chicago at Brooklyn, TBD, TBD

Game 6 * Thu May 2, Brooklyn at Chicago, TBD, TBD

Game 7 * Sat May 4, Chicago at Brooklyn, TBD, TNT

* if necessary

 

BNP Paribas Open: Djokovic and Kobe’s mutual admiration

It took Novak Djokovic a while, but he finally got court-side seats and a chance to visit with the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday prior to playing in a charity event at UCLA earlier this week.

A big NBA fan, Djokovic said he enjoyed being close to the action and watch how other world-class athletes compete.

He also got a chance to meet with Kobe Bryant.

“He was joking about his age, but I think he’s more fit than ever, really,” Djokovic said.

In the exhibition, Djokovic got to play with his idol, Pete Sampras, along with the Bryan Brothers.

With the reception he got , Djokovic said it was too bad Los Angeles no longer has an ATP event.

“It was great to see the LA crowd respond to the tennis in such a positive way,” Djokovic said. “Unfortunately L.A. does not have any more ATP tournament, but maybe this can, again, elevate that, I guess interest for tennis in LA, because it’s a huge media market.  It’s a huge city, and there is big potential for the sport.”

 

Time Warner Cable SportsNet to broadcast Jerry Buss memorial

Time Warner Cable SportsNet will televise the 3-hour memorial service for Los Angeles Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss on Thursday afternoon.

The Lakers will hold a memorial service to celebrate the life of longtime  owner Jerry Buss at the Nokia Theater beginning at 3 p.m. Dr. Buss passed away at the age of 80 on Monday following an 18-month battle  with cancer. He will be honored before the Lakers host the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.

Time Warner Cable SportsNet can be found on channel 403 in HD or channel 28 in standard definition on Time Warner Cable. Time Warner Cable Deportes also will broadcast the service on channels 481 (HD) or channel 35 (standard).

The networks’ coverage will continue after the service with reflections and memories of Dr. Buss from service attendees.

On Time Warner Cable SportsNet, Chris McGee will host the telecast from the Time Warner Cable Sports studios. He will be joined by Lakers play-by-play announcer Bill Macdonald live from the Nokia Theater.

Studio anchor Ricardo Celis will host the telecast on Time Warner Cable Deportes and Lakers play-by-play announcer Adrian Garcia Marquez and analyst Francisco Pinto will be live at Nokia Theater. Time Warner Cable Deportes’ coverage will include simultaneous Spanish translation.

The service will re-air in its entirety on both networks on Thursday and Friday.

Report: Time Warner Cable to televise Dodgers’ games

Time Warner Cable has reportedly struck a deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers to broadcast the Major League Baseball team’s games on a new channel starting with the 2014 season.

Citing two sources, Bloomberg reported Tuesday morning that the nation’s second-largest cable company will broadcast the games on a new regional sports network developed by Guggenheim Partners, who purchased the Dodgers last year for $2.15 billion.

Time Warner Cable reportedly will be a partner in the TV channel but won’t own the channel.

The Dodgers have been broadcast by Fox Sports since 1997, including most recently on the Prime Ticket regional sports network for a reported $40 million per season. Fox Sports’ exclusive negotiating window with the Dodgers ended in November, and that’s when talks with Time Warner Cable heated up.

Fox Sports had been discussing a 25-year-deal with the Dodgers worth more than $6 billion.

Time Warner Cable launched two new regional sports networks in the fall devoted to the Los Angeles Lakers after paying $3 billion in a 20-year deal.

Bloomberg reported that while a deal has not been signed an announcement on the agreement is expected soon.

Fox Sports still has the rights to MLB’s Los Angeles Angels, the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers, and the NHLs Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks.

 

Update on Dish Network talks to carry Los Angeles Lakers games

It does not appear that Dish Network customers will be watching many Los Angeles Lakers basketball games this season.

The satellite provider is the lone holdout to carry Los Angeles Lakers games on Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Deportes.

Time Warner Cable released an update on negotiations Tuesday evening that does not sound encouraging either:

“Despite our best efforts and their customers’ demands, DISH Network has elected not to carry Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes. Given the popularity of the programming, including the country’s first Spanish-language regional sports network, we hope their position will change.

“Fortunately, because our networks are available to virtually every sports fan in the region, DISH customers are able to switch to Time Warner Cable, DIRECTV, Cox, Verizon FiOS, AT&T Uverse, Bright House Networks and Charter to get the Lakers, Galaxy and Sparks programming they desire.”

 

DirecTV channel numbers released for Los Angeles Lakers games

Los Angeles Lakers' Dwight Howard, center, gets a rebound in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012. The Spurs won 84-82. (Jae C. Hong, The Associated Press)

The Lakers' Dwight Howard, center, gets a rebound in the second half of Tuesday's game against the San Antonio Spurs in Los Angeles. The Spurs won 84-82. (Jae C. Hong, The Associated Press)

DirecTV and Time Warner Cable have reached a deal to broadcast Los Angeles Lakers games on the company’s new cable networks SportsNet and Deportes.

The deal was officially announced Thursday afternoon. Time Warner Cable SportsNet can be seen on DirecTV channel 691, with Deportes (the Spanish-language channel) on channel 458 starting tonight.

The agreement, along with ones announced earlier with cable companies Cox and Charter and telecom distributors Verizon Fios and AT&T U-Verse, leaves Dish Network as the lone major holdout.

The Lakers’ next seven games are scheduled to air exclusively on Time Warner Cable SportsNet, including Friday’s 7:30 p.m. home game against the Phoenix Suns.

 

Sports executives in a bad spin cycle

It’s been a wild week or so of sports executives making controversial decisions, and then doing a poor job of spinning their decisions unconvincingly.

ATP: CEO Brad Drewett had a part in the men’s tour rejecting an offer by the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells an increase of prize money by $800,000. Yes, the head of a sports organization said no thank you to more money. No, he isn’t that baby in the Capital One commercials with Jimmy Fallon. Doug Robson of USA Today caught up with Drewett at the conclusion of the ATP championships. Drewett’s explanation was there are rules that need to be followed, and there is an established breakdown. “So we have to adhere to our rule, which has been agreed to by tournaments for a long period of time,” Drewett said to Robson.  “I see what you mean to immediately accept more money.  But sometimes there’s money, but also there is being fair to the way it’s spread out.  I have to be consistent.”

Well, he’s not consistent.

The tournament raised prize money last year by $800,000 and the distribution was for the quarterfinalists on up. It created conversation on tour, with grumblings by the lower ranked players not getting a piece of the pie. The tournament did it because it had offered equal prize money with the women’s draw, but the distribution was different. So the women’s winner in 2011 made $89,000 more than the men’s champion. Sensitive to the concerns of the lower-ranked players, this new $800,000 bump in prize money was to be distributed mostly through the first three rounds, and a small raise to the quarterfinalists and semifinalists, according to tournament CEO Raymond Moore. There is no raise for the finalists.

The ATP board voted 3-3 on the increase, with Drewett abstaning from voting. Sports Illustrated’s Jon Wertheim reported that the three votes against the prize money increase were from the tournament representative, not the players. The ATP also had a release that said, “The ATP distribution model is designed in part to protect the middle-ranked  players’ share of prize money, and more evenly distribute prize money throughout  every round in a tournament. We would be happy to approve a prize money increase  if it complies with ATP rules on distribution.” Wertheim said allegedly IMG, which owns the Key Biscayne event that follows Indian Wells, was behind the charge to turn down the raise.

It will be interesting in December when the WTA votes on the same prize increase.

Lakers: Well this has been a mess, hasn’t it? Not sure why the Lakers picked Mike D’Antoni over Phil Jackson. But it was interesting how the Lakers began giving excuses. The first report, and mind you this was an unnamed source, told the LA Times that Jackson wanted a king’s ransom to return to a team he lead to five NBA title. Well that excuse didn’t last long and it shouldn’t have. The Lakers have a new network with a ton of cash. How would it look to their fan base when you tell them winning is too expensive?

The latest reason the Lakers give is that it was a basketball decision and felt D’Antoni’s system best suited this team. Now Steve Nash won two NBA MVP awards under D’Antoni’s system, so that does make a lot of sense. But Jackson won five titles with Kobe and an MVP. This team is built to win now, and Jackson has the pedigree and most of the players know him and his system. It was the first, second and third choice if you are really serious about winning.

Now D’Antoni is a good choice if Jackson wasn’t available. It’s unfortunate the position he’s been put in. His system and that talent could be very fun to watch. But they don’t look like a sure shot to fulfill the potential a team with Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Dwight Howard.

So I’m not sure why the Lakers hired D’Antoni over the Zen Master, but I’m not buying what the team is telling everyone.

 

Cox adds Time Warner Cable’s Lakers Network; could DirecTV and Dish be next?

Cox Communications reached an agreement Sunday evening to pick up the new Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Deportes networks that are the new Southern California television home for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Cox, which serves areas of San Diego, Orange County and Las Vegas, became the final major cable provider in the Los Angeles market to reach terms with the networks that are five weeks old. SportsNet and Deportes are now available in about 60 percent of the L.A. TV market.

The addition of Cox, along with earlier deals with Charter, Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-Verse, means the only major holdouts currently not picking up the Lakers Network are satellite providers DirecTV and DISH Network. The addition of Cox certainly could apply more pressure to DirecTV and DISH to reach a deal soon or risk losing customers.

Time Warner Cable is the largest pay-TV provider in Southern California with 2.3 million subscribers. DirecTV follows in second with 1.7 million subscribers, and Cox ranks No. 3 with 1.2 million.

TWC SportsNet has exclusive rights to 55 of the Lakers’ 78 remaining regular-season games, including the next 11. Cox is expected to add the networks by the Lakers’ next game Wednesday against the Utah Jazz.

 

Verizon FiOS customers will see Lakers games

Verizon FiOS and Time Warner Cable reached a deal late Friday for the television provider to pick up all Los Angeles Lakers games this season on the newly-launched Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Deportes.

Time Warner Cable SportsNet will be available on FiOS TV Channel 78 in standard definition and on FiOS TV Channel 578 in high definition. Time Warner Cable Deportes will be available on FiOS TV Channel 79 in standard definition.  In addition, the programming will be available to FiOS TV customers online and on mobile devices including smartphones and tablets in the future.

The Lakers’ first game on Time Warner Cable SportsNet airs at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Portland Trail Blazers.