CITY HALL: Council passes resolution calling for end to Padres TV dispute

(CNS) – The City Council Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution
calling on Time Warner Cable and Fox Sports San Diego to resolve a dispute so
that residents of northern parts of the city can watch Padres games this

The resolution says “the City Council recognizes the importance of
professional baseball in San Diego and encourages Time Warner Cable and Fox
Sports San Diego to negotiate an agreement by Opening Day so that Time Warner
Cable customers can watch their hometown team, the San Diego Padres, compete on

Fox Sports started its San Diego channel last year and won Padres
television rights but failed to reach an agreement to get carried on Time
Warner, which has 130,000 customers north of Interstate 8.

The station is carried by Cox Cable, AT&T U-Verse and the two major
satellite providers.

Representatives of Time Warner Cable and FSSD said their negotiating
teams have met in the nearly two weeks since the issue was heard by a City
Council committee. Neither would elaborate on whether there has been progress.

Deane Leavenworth, a vice president of external affairs at TW, said his
company wants to air Padres games for its customers, but it was up to the

“When they deliver a proposal that makes economic sense for our
customers — all of our customers, including those who are sports fans — we
will carry Fox Sports, including Padres games,” Leavenworth said.

Henry Ford, the vice president and general manager of FSSD, said
negotiations will continue through the week.

“As I've stated before, and it's necessary to reiterate here, we have
offered Time Warner Cable fair market terms and conditions,” Ford said. “The
bottom-line is we're not asking Time Warner Cable to pay more than anyone

Opening Day is Monday.

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