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The Lakers have agreed to multiyear deals with broadcasters Bill Macdonald and Stu Lantz, making them the centerpiece of the team's move to a newly created Time Warner Cable channel next season, The Times has learned. Macdonald is in his first year as the Lakers' play-by-play announcer, and Lantz is in his 25th year as their color commentator. After a decades-long partnership with Fox Sports West and Channel 9, the Lakers begin a 20-year deal with Time Warner Cable next season. It could be extended to 25 years and total more than $5 billion if the Lakers pick up an option for five more years in 2032. Macdonald was on a one-year contract this season after replacing Joel Meyers and becoming the Lakers' third play-by-play announcer since Chick Hearn. Radio broadcasters John Ireland and Mychal Thompson are also expected to be retained next season by the Lakers, though nothing has been finalized. Los Angeles Times
Stu Lantz is staying. The longtime color commentator for televised Lakers games is expected to return for a 25th season, multiple NBA and entertainment officials said Wednesday. Lantz's broadcast partner since 2005, Joel Meyers, will not be back after this season. Los Angeles Times
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