Oh, crap. You LA guys always think you are so different. There is no Spanish speaking population in DC. Right.
As I said, local fine. CONUS, nope. Use closed captioning and secondary audio track.
As I said, waste of three spot beams just to get the Lakers DMA. If there is plenty of bandwidth, I don't see a reason to NOT go CONUS. Nothing wrong with a Spanish RSN, there is plenty of other Spanish channels, and this would also add a Spanish feed to those with NBA League pass.
TWC Deportes is going to do a lot of their own productions. And again, there is a LOT of money to be made with targeted advertising in Spanish, also during the game. There is plenty of reason to go "full boat" with a channel like this. And the Latino market in Los Angeles is SO big, it's not going to be an unimportant channel either.
BTW, I am firmly in the camp that you learn the language.
What language? This country doesn't have an official language. The founding fathers didn't think it was important to include in the constitution, and any later endeavors to put make a constitutional amendment failed. In the conservative camp they are very split about this too.... there are the ones that think more like Ron Paul that don't want ANY official language as a federal law and have the "let the states decide" opinion, anyone that wants to run for President (like Romney) is against it because they would lose so many votes from the 15% Latino's in this country, and that leaves a relatively small group trying to pass legislation re: an official language, from both sides of the aisle. (There are some Democrats that favor this as well). All states have been able to do so far is make it the official language of their state, but they are still bound by many federal laws they can't ignore.
I actually agree with you on this: I learned the language, so can they. But the reality is.... this is not going to happen. On top of that, this is a free market enterprise, where companies are at complete and free liberty to establish a TV station in a different language, if they see it might be profitable. TWC is not doing this because they feel for the poor latinos that might not understand the English commentators, they feel that there is money to be made from Spanish language pre/post shows, along with Spanish language advertising.
And with 50 million Latino's in this country..... not only are we WAY past trying to force everyone to speak 1 language, we have pretty much reached the status of a bi-lingual country. With 22% French speakers in Canada, we aren't that far away anymore with the 15% Spanish speakers in the United States. And they produce a hell of a lot more babies than the average non-Latino in the U.S.