The Los Angeles Times reported today that the Clippers reached an exclusive TV deal with Fox Sports Prime Ticket:
No one was happier with Thursday’s news than Ralph Lawler, the veteran Clippers broadcaster.
“I can’t tell you how pleased I am to have all of our games on one carrier,” he said. “I’ve been frustrated for years because it’s been so easy for Lakers fans. If it’s a road game they’re on Channel 9, home game, Fox [Sports West]. We haven’t had that advantage ever.”
While Clippers games are now lost to anyone who doesn’t receive cable television, as Lawler said, the upside is greater. “When people have 100, 200, 300 channels they aren’t as apt to look around if they can’t find us,” he said. “Now they can find us.”
Personally, I’m kinda bummed by this as someone who got hooked on the Clippers precisely because he DIDN’T have cable. Sure, sure, I have cable now, but that was part of what initially helped make the team appealing to me: they were easy to see. Unlike the Lakers, the Clips were accessible and DID have both home and away games on KTLA which was pretty cool. Although now that I think about it, it has seemed in recent years like Fox Sports has aired more Clips games than in the past. I love Ralph, but I don’t really get his point. Laker fans know their games are on 2 channels, but so did the Clipper fans. If you know a game is on that night, how hard is it to check both stations? Surely if you’re aware enough to know whether your team has a home or away game that night, then you’d know to check both channels?
That being said, those of you with HD tvs are probably dancing in the street since the article says this season all games will be presented in high-def.