The Los Angeles Lakers have signed a key new player for the 2012-2013 season, but time will tell if this new addition will be a fan favorite.
Time Warner Cable announced Monday that it has inked a 20-year deal with the Lakers to broadcast the team's games, which had previously been handled by local channel KCAL Channel 9 and Fox Sports Net.
“The Buss family is thrilled to join forces with Time Warner Cable in building the TV home for Lakers fans. Time Warner Cable has been producing quality sports programming for over a decade and the Lakers have been producing championship seasons for even longer," Lakers owner Jerry Buss said in a statement.
The deal includes plans to launch two high definition regional sports networks (RSN), including the nation's first Spanish-language RSN.
In a release announcing the deal, Time Warner noted that "All Lakers games will be produced in high definition, with state-of-the-art technology and high production values in English & Spanish."
Other coverage plans include a Lakers magazine show throughout the season, behind-the-scenes programming and new online and multi-platform content revolving around the Lakers.