I think you're wrong. I know their contract (TWC) was in place before all that happened, but the Laker fans AND casual fans have come to realize that with the new additions, this may be the beginning of something special. My point is, that people who are not with TWC, which is currently everyone else, will be pressured to finalize a contract which may be higher than normal BECAUSE of Howard and Nash. TWC way overpaid for the rights, and knowing that the Lakers are on paper one of the favs if not THE fav to win it all, that DIRECTV will have to pay more for a sportschannel than they normally would. So it does affect us in Laker land.
Sorry but I've heard nothin about them changing how much they are asking and they got the lakers for 20 years. They bought the brand knowing it will always be strong. Had nothing to do with any one single year, it's about what they can do with he brand year in and year out for 20 or more years.
It might increase the number of customers calling, but it won't increase the pressure overall DirecTV will feel. Again it's the long term brand that both are dealing with.
And actually I don't think twc overpaid. But we won't know for 20 years one way or the other for sure.
And the casual fan will still be fine with the national coverage, so it's only the big fans like myself that really want this channel.