Until the stalled negotiations between Time Warner Cable and the other pay television providers like Directv, Dish, etc, for the rights to show their fresh, crisp new cable station, Sportsnet, I didn’t realize how Directv had a strangle hold on the pay tv market in Los Angeles.
For those that might not know, the Lakers and Time Warner Cable came to terms on a massive deal for exclusive rights to show all Lakers home and road games in the L.A. market. Time Warner launched two new regional sports stations, Sportsnet and the Spanish equivalent Deportes, which will air all the Lakers games in the L.A. market. What that means is anybody that is not a subscriber of Time Warner Cable will not be able to catch Lakers games until your pay TV subscriber agree to terms with Time Warner to broadcast the newly created stations.
I began my random search of bars and restaurants in the Los Angeles area at 8:30 am. I cold called various bars and restaurants throughout the Los Angeles area. As I write this blog post it is 2:30pm and I have found just 1 bar that does not have Directv and does have Time Warner. The sole bar that I found is former Rams kicker Tony Zendejas’ sports bar Zendejas Mexican Restaurant in San Dimas. If you Lakers fans are like me and desperate to take a look at the new additions of the Lakers like Steve Nash here is their information:
Zendejas Mexican Restaurant
665 West Arrow Highway
San Dimas, CA 91773
I’ll be up there checking out the game. If I happen to talk to you and you mention that you found the bar by reading this blog I’ll buy you a beer.
– Fern Rea