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Mayor 'Urges' TWC to Carry FS San Diego

Filner Writes Letter Noting All Other Major Area Distributors Have Deal with Padres Network
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San Diego Mayor Bob Filner wants to see Time Warner Cable carry Fox Sports San Diego and its coverage of Padres’ Major League Baseball games.

Filner, in a recent letter addressed to Time Warner Cable chairman and CEO Glenn Britt and executive vice president and chief video and content officer Melinda Witmer, urged the MSO to end its stalemate with the RSN, which last season succeeded Cox 4 as the primary telecaster of the National League club. At this juncture, TWC, which sat out FS San Diego's rookie 2012 season, is the only major distributor in the market that doesn’t have a deal with the RSN.

In the missive dated Feb. 11, Filner alluded to TWC’s deals with the Los Angeles Lakers and Dodgers and wrote in part:

“I understand that companies must make decisions that are in the best interest of their bottom line. That said, when every other major video provider in the region has reached an agreement with Fox Sports and your network has ceased discussions, one is left questioning Time Warner Cable’s true motivations.

It has been widely reported that Time Warner Cable has been aggressively acquiring sports programming rights in Los Angeles, and while this approach is not my concern, it does cast a shadow over your intentions in San Diego.

I strongly urge you to reconsider your current decision not to provide your customers with Padres' baseball this season, and act in a manner deserving of your customers' trust and continued business.

Rest assured, I will continue to monitor the situation and am prepared to take the steps necessary to bring about resolution prior to the 2013 baseball season.”

For its part, TWC issued the following statement on Friday: “The letter has been received, and we have been in contact with the Mayor’s office.”