The extensive television coverage of the Lakers' victory celebration and parade today will be a combined effort.
All but one of the major over-the-air station in Los Angeles, plus Fox Sports Net, will offer live coverage of the downtown festivities, which include a ceremony at the Department of Water and Power building, the parade down Figueroa and a rally at Staples Center.
Channel 4 can't show the parade live because of the U.S. Open playoff. Its parade coverage will be delayed until after the golf.
Fox Sports Net's coverage begins at 10:30 a.m. Most stations will join the celebration at 11.
Televising such an event on short notice is no easy task, and requires cooperation among competitors. There were some disputes early on, said some of the production people involved, but in the end everything was worked out.
Almost all of the over-the-air stations will provide cameras along the parade route, with the main feed going through the Channel 5 studios for everyone to use.
Fox Sports Net cameras will supply the pool coverage of the rally at Staples Center to all stations, and Channel 7 will supply additional pool coverage with two cameras from atop Hotel Figueroa.
Many of the stations will supplement the pool coverage with cameras of their own. For example, Channel 9 will use 10 of its cameras to cover the ceremony at the DWP building and the parade.
And each station will use its own announcers.
Anchoring Channel 9's coverage will be Alan Massengale and James Worthy, with John Ireland and Derrin Horton serving as reporters.
The Fox Sports Net crew will include anchors Paul Sunderland, Kurt Rambis and Reggie Theus and reporters Lisa Guerrero, Todd Donoho and Bill McDonald.
KSPN (1110) said it plans extensive coverage with Joe McDonnell and Doug Krikorian.
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Downtown festivities begin at 11 a.m. at the Department of Water and Power building at the corner of 1st and Hope streets. After Mayor Richard Riordan introduces the Lakers, they will ride on seven double-decker buses, with their families and city officials, along the parade route.
The buses will travel west on 1st Street, then south on Figueroa Street to Staples Center at 11th Street.
At about 12:30 p.m. the Lakers will appear at a victory rally at Staples Center. Fans may assemble north of the arena in parking lots 2 and 3, between 11th Street and Olympic Boulevard, and Georgia and Figueroa streets.
Beginning at 10 a.m., traffic will be restricted on Figueroa as well as streets bounded by the Harbor Freeway on the west, Flower Street to the east, Temple Street to the north and Pico Boulevard to the south. The 3rd, 6th and 9th street off-ramps from the 110 Freeway will also be closed. Streets and freeway ramps will be reopened as the parade passes.
Streets that will be closed include:
* Dewap Road from Temple to 1st streets.
* Northbound Figueroa Street ramp to 1st Street.
* Figueroa Street from 1st to 12th streets.
* 1st Street from Fremont to Grand avenues.
* Flower Street from Temple to 12th streets.
* Hope Street from Temple to 3rd streets.
* Georgia Street from 9th to 11th streets.
* 2nd Street from Grand to Beaudry avenues.
* 3rd Street from Flower Street to Beaudry Avenue.
* Gen. Thaddeus Kosciuszko Way.
* 5th Street from Flower Street to Beaudry Avenue.
* 6th Street from Flower Street to 110 Freeway.
* Wilshire Boulevard from Flower Street to Beaudry Avenue.
* 7th Street from Flower Street to 110 Freeway.
* 8th Street from Flower to Francisco streets.
* 8th Place from Figueroa to Francisco streets.
* 9th Street from Flower to Francisco streets.
* Olympic Boulevard from Flower to Sunbury streets.
* 11th Street from Flower to Cherry streets.