You need to understand also that the Lakers territory extends into San Diego and Las Vegas. Half of San Diego and all of Las Vegas are cox cable. Part of Orange County is cox cable. I think there are pockets of cablevision somewhere in there too. Point is, there are many homes in the Lakers territory that have no access to the channel. Time Warner needs DirecTV more than DirecTV needs Time Warner. I suppose I'm agreeing with you actually....but your math just happens to be way off base.