I'm a "hardcore" Lakers fan too;
Have been since the mid-70's. But if what that TWC employee who called in to the Mason & Ireland show you linked to earlier claims is in any way true, I really can't blame DIRECTV for holding their ground here.
As he admitted the word around there was if "we" (TWC) do get a deal with DIRECTV we'll come away with an "arm and a leg." Since DIRECTV is our chief competitor for customers and "we" (again TWC) have no real incentive to come to a deal with them as opposed to other CATV companies who's franchises we can't cover anyhow.
I mean FWIW coming from a sole employee with alleged inside info., but interesting that he admits the strategy of TWC attempting to use their exclusive broadcast rights to the Lakers as leverage to try steal customers away from the satellite providers, in particular DIRECTV or otherwise fleece them if they make a deal.
I understand but Laker fans who have D* right now and have TWC available in their area will switch & leave D* if come late October no deal has been made.
D* seems intent to wait until the last possible minute which would be 11-4 when that's the first Laker game not on national TV.
D* knows how important this channel is and according to that D* employee who called in says that this is their #1 priority right now.
D* knows they are going to bleed and lose a bunch of customers the longer they hold out leading up to the regular season.Especially if TWC first reaches agreements with other Cable companies and IPTV providers like Verizon Fios & AT&T U-Verse which are readily available in a lot of the Lakers DMA coverage area.
Also keep in mind that the LA & Socal regions is the biggest customer base for D* in the US.
Edited by kb24sd, 15 September 2012 - 06:09 PM.