Clippers and KTLA Extend Broadcast Agreement

LOS ANGELES, August 10, 2006 -- The Los Angeles Clippers and KTLA today announced the two parties have reached a multi-year exclusive over-the-air broadcast agreement, making KTLA the over-the-air carrier of Clippers games for the fifth consecutive season. The three-year deal includes 30 games for the 2006-07 season, an increase from the 25-game schedule of previous years. Also, three games versus the Clippers’ STAPLES Center rival the Los Angeles Lakers are included in this season’s schedule.

KTLA will broadcast high-profile games against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons and, the Phoenix Suns, the Clippers’ opponent in last season’s exhilarating second round playoff series. All home games and all games against the Lakers will be broadcast in High Definition. In addition, playoff games may be added near the conclusion of the regular season.

“We are extremely pleased and excited to continue our partnership with our friends at KTLA,” stated Clippers Executive Vice President Andy Roeser. “When you have the best fans in sports, it only makes sense to deliver our games to them through such a formidable television outlet. It’s just great that the Clipper Nation will continue to inhabit the airwaves at KTLA.”

Returning for his 28th year courtside is “The Voice of the Clippers”, Ralph Lawler, who was inducted into to the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame last season. Lawler, who has announced Clippers games since 1978, is again teamed with former Clipper Michael Smith, who returns for his fifth year as a television analyst for the Clippers and his ninth overall season as a broadcaster for the team.

The Clippers, who in 2006 came within one game of reaching the Western Conference Finals, are looking forward to an exciting season with returning players Elton Brand, Sam Cassell, Cuttino Mobley, Chris Kaman, Shaun Livingston and new addition Tim Thomas.

KTLA Vice President/General Manager Vinnie Malcolm is pleased with the continued alliance. “We are excited about the upcoming season,” he said. “We are looking forward to even greater success.”

KTLA’s sister station, San Diego’s CW, will also broadcast Clippers games this season. Up to 15 games from the KTLA schedule will be shown simultaneously in San Diego.

KTLA, where LA lives, strives to connect to the Southern California community through reliable, award-winning news and compelling entertainment in standard and high definition. KTLA, this fall’s home to the new CW, is a Tribune Broadcasting station. For additional information visit and