Many Alameda County residents take their love of sports seriously. Contract disputes rarely affect a sports enthusiast’s ability to enjoy watching their favorite sports teams duke it out, but one recent disagreement may do just that for Lakers basketball fans. If Time Warner doesn’t resolve the contract dispute between it and several other providers, sports bars and individual satellite subscribers across the state who do not have access to Time Warner services may miss out on the majority of Lakers games this season.
Reportedly, Time Warner has the rights to broadcast Lakers games for the next 20 years. While some of the other networks–like ABC, ESPN and TNT–have the rights to show a combined total of 25 games this season, that means that Time Warner may be the only provider allowed to broadcast the other 57 Lakers games. Sports bars who do not have access to Time Warner services in their individual areas are understandably displeased with this possibility.