Time Warner Cable Deportes announced details of its coverage of the Los Angeles Sparks. This is the first time that the WNBA will be covered at this level and with content designed for the Spanish-speaking community. Time Warner Cable Deportes will air 25 live games with the first to be presented this Sunday, May 26 at 5:30 p.m. when the Los Angeles Sparks face the Seattle Storm in their season opener.
Prior to its telecast of the team’s first regular season game, Time Warner Cable Deportes will also air Adelante Sparks on Sunday, at 5 p.m. The half-hour special will offer all of the team’s activity leading up the season home opener as well as the latest happening throughout the WNBA league as a whole. Time Warner Cable Deportes and its sister station, Time Warner Cable SportsNet will offer complete coverage of the team all season long.
“We’re extremely excited to tip off our first Los Angeles Sparks games on Time Warner Cable Deportes on Sunday,” said Mark Shuken, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Time Warner Cable Sports Regional Networks. “Sparks fans are incredibly passionate and we can’t wait to give them more access to their team than they’ve ever had before through our extensive team coverage and programming.”
“Having the Sparks air on Time Warner Cable Deportes allows the Sparks a unique opportunity to bring not only the game, but also the stories and personalities to our fans,” said Sparks Executive Vice President and General Manager Penny Toler. “We know Sparks fans are ready for more, and our partnership with Time Warner Cable Sports gives them the access and coverage they deserve.”
The broadcast dedicated to the Los Angeles Sparks for Time Warner Cable Deportes includes John Laguna, with the play-by-play and Fernando Gonzalez with the color commentary. Laguna is an experienced Spanish-language broadcaster along with Gonzalez, who just completed his fifteenth season as the Spanish-language voice of the Lakers on radio. In-studio pre and post-game coverage for the network will be led by Francisco X. Rivera y Pepe Mantilla. Rivera’s versatile broadcast experience includes covering sports including baseball, basketball, soccer and boxing. Mantilla, along with Gonzalez, has been the analyst on Spanish-language radio for the Lakers for over a decade.