Obviously, the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers have no desire to be neighboors with a new NBA team in Anahiem – and frankly, who can blame them?
ESPN is now reporting that the Lakers landmark 20-year television deal with Time Warner Cable won’t be as lucrative as it once was assuming a new NBA franchise calls the Honda Center home. The 20-year deal worth just over 3 billion (yes, billion) will be reduced by nearly 10% if a third NBA team moves into the Southern California market – a loss in the area of 300 million dollars.
In response to that, ESPN’s Marc Stein is reporting the Lakers and Clippers have reached out to owners around the league to gain the needed support to block the Kings from a move to Anaheim – though Stein reports that the initial reaction from both the Clippers and Lakers wasn’t as promising as they’d have hoped.
Either way, it’s looking more and more likely that both Southern California NBA franchises will file a grievance with the NBA to recover what they feel will be lost costs with a Kings move to Anaheim – and one can assume that price tag wont be cheap.