LAKERS ANNOUNCE 2012-13 SPANISH TV BROADCAST TEAM

Adrian Garcia Marquez and Francisco Pinto will handle all Spanish TV duties beginning with the 2012-13 season.

EL SEGUNDO - The Los Angeles Lakers have hired Adrian Garcia Marquez (play-by-play) and Francisco Pinto (television analyst) as the team’s Spanish TV announcers for the upcoming 2012-13 season, it was announced today.

In association with the Lakers’ agreement with Time Warner Cable for rights to distribute all locally available pre-season, regular season, and post-season games, beginning with the 2012-13 season, Time Warner Cable will launch a Spanish-language regional sports network. Garcia Marquez and Pinto will serve as the team’s Spanish TV announcers for the new network.

“One of the most exciting aspects of our agreement with Time Warner Cable was the launch of a Spanish-language regional sports network,” said Lakers Senior Vice President of Business Operations/CMO Tim Harris. “With the hiring of Adrian and Francisco, we’ve added two very knowledgeable and passionate sports personalities to our broadcasting staff and we’re moving one step closer to providing our loyal fans in the Hispanic community better coverage of our players and organization that they’ve supported with such great enthusiasm for many years.”

“Adrian and Francisco are fantastic and will really resonate with our customers. We’re thrilled that they’ll be joining us from day one,” added Mark Shuken, Senior Vice President and General Manager for TWC Sports Regional Networks. “They are also great examples of the caliber of talent that people should expect from this new network when it launches in October.”

Garcia Marquez, a native of San Diego, has over a decade of experience working in various capacities in the broadcast world. Most recently, Marquez was a network anchor and reporter for KMEX in Los Angeles as well as Univision Sports. Prior to his stint at KMEX and Univision, Garcia Marquez was the lead play-by-play announcer for Major League Baseball on Fox Deportes where he called four World Series, the playoffs, and the MLB Game of the Week. While at Fox Deportes he was also featured as the blow-by-blow announcer for Top Rank Boxing’s ‘Top Rank Live’. Over the years Garcia Marquez has called games for the San Diego Chargers, Oakland A’s, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Clippers and USC Trojans. Garcia Marquez also spent time working for ESPN Deportes serving as an announcer, reporter, and analyst. At ESPN, he covered Wednesday and Sunday Night Baseball, Sunday and Monday Night Football, and NFL Primetime. He also hosted NFL Films en Espanol and NFL Blast. In 2004, Garcia Marquez was named to the first ever Olympic Spanish broadcast team in the United States, as an announcer for baseball and basketball on Telemundo for the Olympic games in Athens.

Pinto joins the Lakers after spending 15 years working as an anchor for Univision. He spent three of those years as a sports/news anchor for KUVS in Sacramento and the next 12 years in Los Angeles, where he served as KMEX-TV main sports anchor for seven years before becoming the news anchor for Primera Edicion, the station’s morning newscast. The recipient of several awards including four Emmy nominations, his work includes a number of topics in sports and news, from live coverage of two World Cups in 2002 and 2006, to several NBA Finals, Super Bowls, World Series and world title boxing matches, to interviewing presidents and Nobel Prize winners. In addition, Pinto hosted The Rose Parade in Pasadena for several years, which KMEX broadcasts nationally and abroad.

Time Warner Cable Sports, a division of Time Warner Cable, will launch two high-definition regional sports networks in October 2012, including the nation’s first Spanish-language regional sports network. The networks will broadcast from new state-of-the-art facilities in Los Angeles to bring fans the most compelling sports content using the latest technology. The networks will be made available to all multichannel video programming distributors, including satellite, cable and telco, with operations in Southern California, Nevada and/or Hawaii. The networks will feature all locally available pre-season, regular season, and post-season Lakers games, all locally available LA Galaxy games, and other sports content of local interest.