LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers will not be televised by ESPN as originally scheduled tonight. The Lakers are set to take on the rival L.A. Clippers tonight. Now, fans outside of the market will have to find another way to watch.
After the news broke, the phrase “No LeBron” started trending in the NBA category on Twitter. Southern California sports radio host Arash Markazi reported the news via Twitter.
“The LA Clippers at L.A. Lakers game will no longer be televised by ESPN.”
The game will air in the Los Angeles market on Bally Sports West and Spectrum Sportsnet. The Lakers will be the home team for tonight’s tilt. It is believed that the mediocre records of the teams pushed them from the broadcast slate.
Instead, basketball fans will get the game between the Golden State Warriors and Phoenix Suns. That game will, in fact, contain “no LeBron.” Golden State fell to the Suns 104-96. Tonight’s game is a rematch, and both teams sport excellent 18-3 records.
While Los Angeles is one of the largest media markets in the United States, it makes sense to want to broadcast the best game. Lakers and Clippers fans will still be able to see the game. The rest of the country will get to see a battle to determine the top dogs in the NBA.
What do you think of ESPN replacing the Lakers – Clippers game tonight? Share your thoughts in the comments!