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Dodgers, TWC May Take Legal Action To End Ongoing SportsNet LA Impasse
Published June 2, 2014
WE HAVE A PROBLEM: MLB Commissioner Bud Selig on Friday said that he “remains concerned about the Astros’ legal issues concerning” Comcast SportsNet Houston and former Astros Owner Drayton McLane, but is “hopeful that the disagreements can be resolved.” In Houston, David Barron noted Selig “discounted the possibility of splitting the five-state territory shared by the Astros and Rangers into separate TV territories as a possible answer to the carriage issues" that has limited CSN Houston viewership to no more than 40% of Houston’s TV households. DirecTV Chief Content Officer Dan York said that MLB’s “large, overlapping broadcast territories make it tough for satellite carriers to pay for CSN Houston while also carrying Rangers games on Fox Sports Southwest.” But Selig said, “I don’t know that that’s really the issue here" (CHRON.com, 5/30).