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Congressional bid to resolve Dodger TV standoff flubs

Posted: July 29, 2014 6:18 p.m.
Updated: July 29, 2014 6:18 p.m.

A six-member L.A. congressional delegation tried to hit one out of the park this week in the long-simmering debate over TV access to Dodger games, but the effort ran afoul of the DirecTV team.

Since January, when the Dodgers signed a 25-year, $8.35 billion TV contract with Time Warner Cable, Time Warner has been in a standoff with DirectTV and other carriers on a distribution deal. Only customers of Time Warner have been able to watch this Dodger season on TV.

Six congressional Democrats — Brad Sherman of Sherman Oaks, Janice Hahn of San Pedro, Gloria Negrete McLeod of Chino, Alan Lowenthal of Long Beach, Grace Napolitano of El Monte, and Karen Bass of Culver City — have formally requested mediation in the matter. They called for both sides to agree to binding arbitration.

Time Warner Cable was on board with the proposal, as was Dodgers President and CEO Stan Kasten.

“We’re very pleased that our partners at Time Warner Cable have readily agreed to submit SportsNet LA to binding arbitration,” Kasten said in a statement issued late Monday. “And we urge DirecTV to quickly agree so that we can get these games on the air for their customers.”

But DirecTV had ruled the deal out.

“We agree that any loyal Dodger fans deserve the opportunity to see games,” DirecTV spokesman Robert Mercer said Tuesday. “Yet not at the expense of the millions of other AT&T U-verse, Charter Communications, Cox Communications, DirecTV, Dish Network, Mediacom, Suddenlink Communications, Verizon FiOS (users) and other families who have little or no interest in paying for Time Warner Cable’s excess.”




EgbertSouse4U: Posted: July 29, 2014 11:22 p.m.

None of government's business!! Keep your big noses out of private business affairs, you morons. Work on city problems... there are plenty.

scv_donn: Posted: July 30, 2014 9:38 a.m.

Agreed Egbert.

bobforte: Posted: July 30, 2014 11:45 a.m.

Binding arbitration, huh? I already see my Directv bill going even higher now.

EgbertSouse4U: Posted: July 30, 2014 11:58 a.m.

DirecTV should be applauded for digging their feet in and not bending over for that horrible deal TimeWarner locked themselves into. Why should I be forced to pay for Dodger games when I don't even watch baseball? TimeWarner will not even allow the Dodger games as an optional add-on. Screw TimeWarner. Stay tough, DirecTV.

CastaicClay: Posted: July 30, 2014 1:32 p.m.

Ha! I think TW overpaid. The straw that finally breaks the back of ridiculous prices sports franchises are receiving?

bobforte: Posted: July 30, 2014 8:00 p.m.

Agree Egbert. Directv and other companies need to stand their ground. No one is complaining about the games except TW and the Dodgers.

Unreal: Posted: July 31, 2014 2:21 p.m.

I am not much into sports anyway but it seems to me that the city pays to build the ballparks that they play at don't they? I always hear that the city is trying offering to build sports complex's to lure teams )football and baseball) to LA so I would think that all taxpayers should have access to the games on TV.

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