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City Council Encourages TWC, FS San Diego to Reach Carriage Pact

Talks Continue as Opening Day Nears for Padres
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San Diego City officials discussed the carriage impasse between Fox Sports San Diego and Time Warner Cable for the second time in two weeks, urging the parties to connect on a contract before the start of the Major League Baseball season.

FS San Diego, the regional sports network home of the San Diego Padres, has been unable to strike an affiliate accord with Time Warner Cable, which is the only major distributor in the club’s TV territory that remains on the carriage sideline.

According to published reports, the San Diego City Council officials voted 6-0 to push the sides to strike a deal before the Padres' season begins on April 1. The parties, which maintain the negotiations are a private matter between them, have been unable to bridge their differences over the monthly license fee price.

The hearing was the third in recent weeks, following a San Diego City Council committee conclave on March 14, which resulted in Fox Sports and MSO officials meeting in New York on March 19. The Coronado City Council also addressed the RSN stalemate that day.

Earlier on March 26, a Fox Sports spokesman said the sides had continued to engage in talks since then, but declined to comment on the tenor of the negotiations.

According to the report, Time Warner Cable noted: "We want to carry the Padres games ... and when they deliver a proposal that makes economic sense for our customers, all of our customers, including those who are not sports fans, we will carry Fox Sports, including the Padres games."

Cox Communications carried FS San Diego in 2012 and was joined late last season by AT&T U-verse. DirecTV, which aired the Padres contests and game shoulder programming last season, and Dish will begin full-time distribution of the service with opening day, according to Fox Sports.