The Los Angeles Lakers have signed a new TV contract to create their own network much like the YES and MSG Networks in the New York area. The deal is reportedly worth $3 billion over 20 years according to the LA Times.
The Lakers will be the first NBA team with exclusive rights to their own network. The Nets technically share time with the Yankees.
This begs the question...Will we see more teams try to go their own route and create their own networks? I highly doubt it because there are only a number of teams that could be successful in doing so.
It is a very interesting situation for teams to be in. They control every aspect of their broadcasts, of course with the NBA's official approval.
Let us look at 10 teams that would most benefit and that could afford to create their own television network.