... All this talk about spotbeams.... we should push this to spotbeams to save bandwidth, we should push that to spotbeams to save bandwidth. Do we have unlimited spotbeam bandwidth? In another topic somewhere, where it was noted that the Los Angeles DMA got 5 new HD channels (yes, in Spanish), it was also noted that it was getting REALLY cramped on the Los Angeles spotbeam. Spotbeams aren't the answer for everything we don't want wasting CONUS bandwidth.
The LA DMA has three assigned Ka band spotbeam transponders; 19, 21, and 22, distributed over two spotbeams (19 on one, 21 and 22 on another). And with the latest sudden "avalanche" of Spanish HD local channel additions, that leaves six HD slots left available for future additions assuming the same 6 HD channels per transponder max. loading as the CONUS ones.
But even if there were room to place the TWC Sportsnet Desportes RSN on an LA spotbeam transponder, as you say the bigger problem would be that neither LA spotbeam, even in combination, fully covers the entire Lakers' DMA spanning roughly from Fresno to Bakersfield to San Diego to the Las Vegas market areas.
You would need to simulcast the RSN on other markets' spotbeams, assuming they even have the room for it on their transponders.