And unfortunately with all these extra RSNs, and with Time Warner apparantly willing to create a new 24/7 RSN for each team (as opposed to just using a plus/overflow channel for conflicts or seeking an OTA partner like YES does in NYC), it's going to create a bidding war jacking up the costs even if Fox keeps them.
I agree - I think that Time Warner needs one of Ducks/Clippers just as much as Fox needs both if FOX wants to continue to have two RSN's in Los Angeles. I don't think TWC would put any of the other teams on their own network.
With the Kings and Angels locked up long term (+ college sports), FOX already has enough content for one full time channel for several years. If FOX retains only one of the Clippers or Ducks, I don't think that's enough content for a full time second RSN, but it is enough for frequent overflow, aka FS West +.
I can understand the Lakers having their own channel, they are the most popular in this region by far - the equivalent to the Yankees in NY - though it seems like Mountain West football/basketball, MLS and WNBA isn't enough content for the offseason. Even the Yankees share their channel with the Nets.
If the Dodgers were on the Lakers RSN, TWC would probably be able to charge more than they current do for it.
In my opinion, since TWC and the Dodgers are set on having the separate network (so that the Dodgers can get around revenue sharing), TWC really needs a second team on the Dodgers RSN...either the Clippers or the Ducks.
It probably doesn't matter, though I would guess the Clippers get higher ratings. The Ducks are already forced to put some games OTA, so maybe they take a TWC deal.
What is good is that since TWC already TWC Sportsnet, they could use that as overflow for SportsNet LA if needed if the Lakers had an off day.
I just don't see there being four RSN's in Los Angeles long term. I think that either Prime Ticket's days are numbered OR the dodgers channel gets no satellite carriage.