With Time Warner Cable launching a Spanish-language regional sports network in October, the Los Angeles Lakers have hired Adrian Garcia Marquez (play-by-play) and Francisco Pinto (television analyst) as the team’s TV announcers.
Garcia Marquez was most recently a network anchor and reporter for KMEX and Univision Sports. He has a wide variety of play-by-play experience, working as the lead announcer for Major League Baseball on Fox Deportes and calling four World Series in the process. Garcia Marquez has also worked at ESPN Deportes as an announcer, reporter and analyst.
Pinto spent 15 years at Univision as a sports/news anchor in Sacramento and Los Angeles, earning four Emmy nominations in the process. No stranger to live sporting coverage, Pinto has reported from the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, several NBA Finals, Super Bowls and World Series.
Garcia Marquez and Pinto start their new gigs during the 2012-13 NBA season.
“One of the most exciting aspects of our agreement with Time Warner Cable was the launch of a Spanish-language regional sports network,” said Lakers senior vice president of business operations/CMO Tim Harris. “With the hiring of Adrian and Francisco, we’ve added two very knowledgeable and passionate sports personalities to our broadcasting staff and we’re moving one step closer to providing our loyal fans in the Hispanic community better coverage of our players and organization that they’ve supported with such great enthusiasm for many years.”