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Charter's Lakers Deal a Slam-Dunk for Legend's

The well-known sports bar, with its 2-story TV screen the largest in the U.S., is relieved the cable company struck a deal so Lakers games will be available by season's start next week.

 Charter Communications customers will now have free access to all Lakers games this season after striking the first deal announced Friday for Time Warner's new Lakers channel provider. And sports bars and their customers are thrilled, said John Morris, manager of Legend's sports bar in Long Beach.

The well-known restaurant and sports bar on Belmont Shore's Second Street has a $75,000, two-story television like none other in the country, Morris said. Most bars carry Direct TV for their sports fans, he said, but he expects all the cable providers will strike a deal with Time Warner Cable by the Lakers' first tip-off next week.

"If they hadn't signed these contracts, we would have had it on the internet, but it wouldn't have looked as good," said Morris, a sports bar and restaurant owner or manager for more than a generation.

"The Lakers will definitely be on just about every cable outfit and it's great news for everyone," Morris added. "I think people are really excited about (Dwight) Howard, the new star of the team. Superman. He's a class act, and people think they could go all the way this year. So the Charter thing's good."

Click here to read more on Friday's deal. The first game is expected to air on Charter Oct. 31.

Will you be switching to Charter Cable to get the Lakers games for no additonal fee? Tell us in comments.

Dave Newell October 27, 2012 at 05:19 AM
What I most look forward to is the Lakers placing another championship banner in the Staples Center at the end of the season.

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