ESPNLA and the Los Angeles Lakers have reached an agreement to extend their radio play-by-play relationship for two additional seasons, keeping the iconic NBA team on ESPNLA through the 2021-2022 season. ESPNLA (710 AM) will carry all 82 regular-season games as well as the entire preseason and every playoff game. ESPNLA has served as the official radio broadcast home of the Lakers for the last six seasons, since 2009.
The announcement was made earlier today by Jeanie Buss, part owner and president of the Lakers, when she appeared as a guest on ESPNLA 710 AM.
“We at ESPNLA have enjoyed a terrific and mutually-beneficial relationship with the Los Angeles Lakers since 2009, and could not be more excited to extend our agreement through mid-2022,” said Scott McCarthy, Vice President and General Manager, ESPNLA. “We are very proud to be associated with one of the premier franchises in all of sports.”
John Ireland will continue as the play-by-play commentator for the Lakers radio broadcasts, with Laker great Mychal Thompson remaining as the color analyst. Ireland is also co-host of The Mason and Ireland Show which airs on ESPNLA 710 AM weekdays from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. PT. Thompson co-hosts Thompson and Trudell, broadcast daily from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
“ESPN and the ESPN brand are synonymous with excellence, and we’re proud to be affiliated with them,” said Tim Harris, Lakers Senior Vice President of Business Operations/COO. “The management and employees are consummate professionals and people we enjoy working with, and we’re very pleased to extend our partnership with them.”
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