Time Warner Cable: No Link Between Deals In L.A., San Diego Impasse
Time Warner Cable Senior VP & Deputy General Counsel Jeffrey Zimmerman on Tuesday in a letter to San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith “emphasized repeatedly there was no link between its new, longterm deals to broadcast Dodgers and Lakers games in Los Angeles and its inability to come to terms” with FS San Diego over Padres games, according to Matthew Hall of the SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE. Zimmerman in the letter wrote, "Time Warner Cable remains willing to negotiate with Fox for the rights to put the San Diego Padres on our lineup; in fact, we have made a number of proposals designed to reach an agreement. Unfortunately, Fox decided to declare an impasse early on in the negotiations, and has refused to budge since then.” TWC and FS San Diego reps today will “discuss their stalled negotiations over showing Padres games on television.” Instead of “talking to each other, though, they'll be talking to a group of San Diego's politicians, some of whom are trying to end a yearlong impasse before the team's new season begins on April 1.” The meeting was set to begin at 9:00am PT. A FS San Diego spokesperson yesterday said, "Time Warner Cable has been offered the fair-market terms that the four other major providers in San Diego have agreed to. Anything else is an excuse for not paying fair value for Padres games” (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 3/14).