The Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings have had a somewhat strained relationship over the past few years. History in the playoffs coupled with harsh words over the years and mixed with larger than life personalities on both ends has made it so that a very clear and defined line in the sand existed between these two clubs.
With their move from Sacramento to Anaheim appearing imminent, however, the Kings may get the last laugh when it comes to ticking off Los Angeles’ favorite team.
According to multiple reports, the Lakers’ 20-year television deal with Time Warner -- which made headlines earlier in the year -- may lose a bit of value for both sides if the Kings end up coming into town. The agreement between the prominent Los Angeles basketball team and cable provider was that Time Warner would distribute Lakes games and various other forms of original programming across two regional networks in HD. These networks included the country’s first Spanish-language regional sports network.
Estimates for the deal had totals around the $3 billion mark.
Now, however, that may all change. As per the deal, if a third team moves into the market, the Lakers end will decrease by nearly 10 percent. The reason for this reduction is the unforeseen competition that Time Warner would end up having – the same competition they had been hoping to avoid by taking away Lakers games from current right holders Fox Sports West and KCAL-TV.
Even purple and gold personnel are now beginning to feel the squeeze.
"What other metropolitan area has three teams in it? It's ridiculous to put another franchise in this market," Jackson said. "It just doesn't make sense to do that." Phil Jackson recently said on the matter.
Things appear to be getting heated now, from all sides. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers have reportedly reached out to other owners around the league in an effort to block the Kings’ move to their terrain.
More information on this entire ordeal will become available closer to the April 18 deadline -- the day the Kings must file for relocation with the league.