OX1947 wrote:Explain to me why the (bleep) they would black it out when we can not watch the (bleep) game anywhere else? Explain that to me, all you Business Administration majors in here with your "it's business" mantra? Go ahead, I'll wait right here and watch the FX channel since I can not watch the game because of greed and stupidity.
First.... breathe.... in, then out. Slowly. Go to your .... happy place.
Ok, now, if every Laker game were available on NBA TV, then no deal would ever get done because there would be no incentive for any of the other cable & satellite providers to offer the channel. Why would they pay millions of dollars to TWC, when the games would be on NBA TV anyway? For Backstage Lakers? No.
Here's an analogy that might help you understand the situation. You're a business owner, and you have invested thousands if not millions of dollars creating a product that you hope will take off. Your initial plan is to distribute the product in the U.S. only. Meanwhile, someone in Europe, Asia and other regions outside of the U.S. has copied what you have done and is selling them under your brand name. Is that ok since you don't sell the product anywhere else? A good businessman would want to ensure that his products can only be purchased from him as the originating source so that he is getting his share of every transaction.
I understand you have some personal beef with TWC. But your anger towards them is completely misguided. Pretty much everyone else is more to blame than TWC is for the blackouts. The Lakers are the one who agreed to sell themselves to TW. Had the Lakers never agreed to this deal, you would be watching your preseason games on FSW right now. DirecTV/Cox/Dish/etc are being offered the channel and saying no. If they just say yes, you could be watching on whatever platform you choose.
This isn't a complex business case, it's just common sense.