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LA Clippers Sign Multi-Year Extension with KFWB

The Los Angeles Clippers, fresh off a thrilling Game 7 road victory over the Memphis Grizzlies Sunday, have signed a new multi-year broadcast rights agreement with KFWB News Talk 980. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Clippers made the move from KSPN-AM (710) to KFWB  in 2009.

“We are so happy to forge forward with our relationship with the Clippers who have captured the hearts of Southern Californians and fans across the country,” said KFWB general manager Valerie K. Blackburn. “The Los Angeles Clippers have emerged as a fan favorite in this town and are an extremely important part of our ongoing commitment to provide quality programming to our listeners.”

Fox Sports Launching Spanish-Language Initiative

In an effort to serve the growing Hispanic community, Fox Sports will broadcast over 100 games in Spanish featuring the Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The number of telecasts will increase to 150 in year two and continue to increase thereafter.

The broadcasts will feature Spanish-language play-by-play, graphics and player interviews. The full schedule hasn’t been announced yet but the first broadcast is slated for April 6 when the Angels host the Kansas City Royals in their season opener.

Cable providers Time Warner Cable, Bright House and Cox have already signed up for the new initiative.

“We’re proud to make this major commitment to Spanish-language sports programming in Los Angeles,” Jeff Krolik, executive vice president of FOX Sports Networks said in a statement.  “Not only is this a great opportunity to serve Hispanic viewers, but it’s also an opportunity to provide value to our affiliates by giving them programming options for their customers.”

Rejoice, Clipper Nation: ‘Clipper Darrell’ is Back

All is right again with Clipper Nation.

Darrell Bailey is back as “Clipper Darrell.” The Los Angeles Clippers super fan posted the following update Monday night:

It is with great enthusiasm and humility that I can officially report my return as “Clipper Darrell.” As a fan I am truly sorry and apologize for any inconvenience this incident may have caused. It was never my intention to create a distraction fueling a media uproar. However, I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support I received, over the past week, when my status with the Clipper’s was in question. I had a cordial and productive meeting with Clipper management and we have a clear and precise understanding of my role. We will now work together to support OUR TEAM and continue the effort in bringing a WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP to CLIPPER NATION!

The Clipper Front Office in the Eyes of Bomani Jones

Talented SB Nation contributor Bomani Jones chimed in on the Clipper Darrell/Los Angeles Clippers front office incident during the second episode of his brand new web series, Bomani & Jones.

Something tells me the LA Clippers front office is really as dysfunctional as Jones’ humorously portrays it.

Darrell Bailey Gets Emotional with Rob Fukuzaki

I don’t know what’s more awkward: Darrell Bailey “crying” on live TV or Rob Fukuzaki calling him a Lakers fan.

Good times.

LA Clippers Fire Back at Darrell Bailey

The Los Angeles Clippers lashed back at Darrell Bailey (aka Clipper Darrell) after our story broke Wednesday regarding the organization asking their diehard fan to drop his stagename. Below is their statement:

“The Clippers have done absolutely nothing wrong or inappropriate as it concerns Darrell Bailey. His claims are absurd and unfounded. He has never been an employee or representative of the Clippers organization, and therefore cannot be terminated. The Clippers have never engaged Mr. Bailey’s services. When he has been in need, the organization has regularly provided him a seat for games. No good deed goes unpunished.

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EXCLUSIVE: LA Clippers Want ‘Clipper Darrell’ to Drop His Name

Despite the addition of Chris Paul and first place in the Pacific Division standings, the Los Angeles Clippers are still … well … the Los Angeles Clippers.

The front office wants superfan “Clipper Darrell,” aka Darrell Bailey, to drop the Clipper nickname.

After Bleacher Report was denied media credentials while doing a profile on the man who has stood by the Clippers through thick and a whole lot of thin, Bailey called team president Andy Roeser to get an explanation.

Carl Lahr, senior vice president of marketing and sales, eventually returned Bailey’s call last week and informed him that the organization didn’t need him doing stories or speaking to the media on behalf of the team.

“We got to talking and I said the way I feel, you don’t want Clipper Darrell no more,” Bailey told FishbowlLA Wednesday. “You want Darrell Bailey back. They said, ‘You would do that?’”

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Kia Optima Attempts to Dunk Over Blake Griffin

Around this time last year, Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin took the NBA Slam Dunk Contest by storm when he dunked over a Kia Optima during All-Star weekend.

Well, it’s time for the Kia Optima to get some revenge.  The tables are turned and the car attempts to dunk over Griffin.

Yes, you read that correctly.

Sadly, this commercial might be more entertaining than this year’s Slam Dunk Contest.

Clippers-Lakers Sets Cable TV Record

The buzz surrounding the resurgent Los Angeles Clippers/Los Angeles Lakers rivalry is spreading across the country.

Monday’s preseason game between the Clippers and Lakers was the most-watched preseason game in NBA TV history with 509,000 viewers.

It broke the previous record of 501,000 viewers set when LeBron James made his Miami Heat debut in 2010.

This might be the first of many ratings records set by the Clippers during the abbreviated 2011-12 NBA season.

Today Would Have Been NBA Media Day

The Los Angeles Clippers Training Center in Playa Vista and the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo should have been swarming with TV cameras, beat writers and NBA players suiting up for the first time in months.

Instead, we are left with two empty training facilities, beat writers that are slowly going crazy as they stake out in New York hotel lobbies and NBA players left in limbo on whether there will be a 2011-12 season.

Based on the current negotiations, there’s still a good chance the entire NBA season could be canceled, not only hurting the Laker car flag industry, but costing employees and local downtown businesses millions of dollars.

And for local fans looking for their fall sports fix, there’s always USC football (on probation), UCLA football (they stink) the Los Angeles Kings!

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