Yesterday’s news, but worth noting. From the LA Times:
In this financial climate, the Clippers have cause for celebration for negotiating an agreement that gives the team a solid and predictable broadcast home.
The deal is set to last seven years, according to three sources, none of whom were authorized to speak publicly. The sources also said the deal is worth substantially more than the $12.5 million a year in revenue the Clippers had received in their previous arrangement with over-the-air KTLA and Fox Sports.
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.”
Exceeding their over-the-air deals and setting up shop at Prime Ticket is a nice coup for the franchise, particularly in this economy. The only downside — the KTLA bumper music was always a bit groovier than the boilerplate stuff on Prime Ticket, which is shared by every team across the league on a Fox Sports affiliate.