In a surprising move, Time Warner Cable has acquired the rights to televise local broadcasts of the Los Angeles Lakers starting in 2012-13.

As part of the 20-year deal, Time Warner Cable will launch an English and Spanish language sports network available to all providers in Southern California, Nevada and Hawaii. The programming that’s currently penciled in includes pregame, postgame, behind-the-scenes, magazine and historical programming of the Lakers.

Currently, KCAL Channel 9 and Fox Sports Net are the broadcasters of the Lakers. Read more