Friday, September 12, 2008


Bill Macdonald Anchors “Lakers Live” From Star Plaza Alongside Analyst Norm Nixon; Rick Fox Returns for Select Shows

October 18 Tips it Off: First Lakers Pre-Season Game on Fox Sports WEST

Los Angeles – Fox Sports WEST, the local destination for Los Angeles Lakers basketball, enters its 23rd season as telecast partner with a 35-home game telecast schedule. Two pre-season contests and 33 regular-season games air live from STAPLES Center on WEST. All 35 game telecasts will be available in High Definition (HD). The schedule begins on Saturday, October 18, at 7:30 PM on WEST with live coverage of the Lakers vs. FC Barcelona pre-season matchup.

“Lakers Live” pre- and post-game shows are hosted by Bill Macdonald with expert analysis from Norm Nixon. All season long, “Lakers Live” will air from Star Plaza outside the STAPLES Center and surround Lakers game telecasts on WEST. The half-hour shows provide team access, analysis and player/coach interviews. New this season, the Sunday pre-game editions of “Lakers Live” will be one-hour long and, following an entertaining and informative run on “Lakers Live” during the 2008 NBA Playoffs, former Laker Rick Fox returns for select shows.

Game telecasts feature Stu Lantz in his 22nd season as analyst and play-by-play announcer Joel Meyers in his fourth consecutive season. Patrick O’Neal and Michael Eaves provide sideline reporting for both the Lakers and visiting teams throughout the season.

Macdonald’s “Philosophy 101” segment airs in each WEST Lakers game telecast just prior to tip-off. “Philosophy 101” features Lakers Head Coach Phil Jackson and provides a preview of what viewers and fans alike can expect to see from the purple and gold that evening.

Game telecasts are produced by Mark Shah. Doug Freeman returns to the director’s chair for all Lakers games on WEST.

Following the first Lakers pre-season telecast on October 18, WEST delivers “Lakers Season Preview Special”. The half hour program begins approximately at 10:00 PM.

About Fox Sports WEST
In addition to the Los Angeles Lakers, Fox Sports WEST is the destination for the Los Angeles Galaxy, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Los Angeles Kings. Together, WEST and sister network PRIME TICKET present more live, local sports programming than any other network or broadcast system in the market. Serving sports fans in Southern California, Nevada and Hawaii, WEST and PRIME TICKET produce over 700 live sporting events and telecast over 5,000 hours of original programming every year. For complete national and regional sports news, provocative opinions, telecast schedules and updated statistics, log-on to

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