My column Friday on how much I'm irked about KCAL (Channel 9) tape-delayed Lakers games from the East Coast drew some immediate response from readers.
Most of them were in agreement with me. Rich Graffeo in Santa Barbara said he wants to know what's happening in a Lakers game as it occurs, not 90 minutes later, so he checks online. He also pointed out that nearly everyone these days has recording devices of some sort, so if they aren't home from work yet, they can record it.
Ed Crane wrote to point out he'll switch over to ESPN or TNT during Lakers halftimes and often winds up finding out the final score of the tape-delayed game. "I don't go back to KCAL after that," he wrote. "How many viewers do they think that adds up to?"
But Steve Lee of Oxnard said he has no problems whatsoever with Channel 9 putting the Lakers on tape-delay and is steamed at me for trying to influence it to put Lakers games on live. For him it's just right. "It seems reasonable to me that most fans enjoy having a dinner hour game, not a late afternoon game on a work day," he wrote.
"Sure, live games are great," he continued, "but not in this case. I believe that most of us need time after work for errands, cooking, kids, and so on before we can plop down to watch a game."
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