Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes will debut Monday night at 7* p.m. as the exclusive local homes of the Los Angeles Lakers, LA Galaxy and LA Sparks games, as well as CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) high school regular season and playoff contests.
“We couldn’t be more excited to debut our networks on Monday,” said David Rone, President, Time Warner Cable Sports. “After more than a year of careful planning and working closely with our team partners, we’re going to deliver on our promise to give fans live games, home and away, of the teams they love plus the depth, access and immersive team coverage they have told us they want.”
Melinda Witmer, Executive Vice President and Chief Video and Content Officer for Time Warner Cable, said “We’re so proud of the team at Time Warner Cable Sports, as they have worked incredibly hard to launch these networks. From the first Spanish-language regional sports network in the country to a comprehensive viewing experience for all fans, we know that these groundbreaking networks will set a new standard for Southern California sports fans when they launch on Monday.”
Time Warner Cable SportsNet will debut at 7 p.m. with a two-hour live special edition of the network’s signature show “Access SportsNet” that will feature Lakers Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and Steve Nash and Galaxy superstar David Beckham as in-studio guests. This will be followed by the world premiere of “Backstage: Lakers,” the network’s weekly behind-the-scenes documentary show, at 9 p.m. “Backstage: Lakers” will take fans from the end of the 2011-12 season in Oklahoma City to the start of 2012-13 training camp, giving an inside look at the arrival of Steve Nash and Dwight Howard, examining fan reactions to the Lakers’ headline-making offseason and a look behind-the-scenes of Lakers media day.
Time Warner Cable Deportes will launch at 7 p.m. with a two-hour “Bienvenidos a Time Warner Cable Deportes” live special that features Beckham, Bryant and Nash as in-studio guests, plus Laker Pau Gasol and Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan. Next on the network will be “Somos Lakers, La Biografía” at 9 p.m. and “Los 16 del Galaxy” at 9:30 p.m., which profile the storied histories of the two teams. “Encuentro Deportivo” will premiere at 10 p.m. and the half-hour live, nightly show will update viewers on the day’s most complete sports activity, in Southern California as well as internationally.
Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes can be found in HD on channel 481 and 403, respectively, on Time Warner Cable systems. Negotiations with other providers to carry the networks are ongoing but have not yet concluded. For more information about Time Warner Cable SportsNet, visit www.twcsportsnet.com
* – All times listed are PST.