Rep. Peter King (R-NY) has asked both Fox and Cablevision to keep programming on the air even if they cannot come to a retrans agreement, and in the interim to submit to binding arbitration by a third party.
In a statement Wednesday, he pointed in particular to the baseball playoffs--the Yankees are in the league championship series--and "key football games" in particular as programming he does not want interrupted or "pulled."
"I am increasingly concerned that this deadline may pass without a resolution, and Long Island consumers will lose their programming. This would be an unconscionable result and unfair to sports and programming fans who have no part in this fight," he said.
King said arbitration "protects both parties' reasonable positions, ensures a timely contract resolution, and protects consumers from becoming pawns in a price battle between two businesses, both of which are important to Long Island consumers."
The FCC is getting regular updates from both sides as the Oct. 15 deadline for a deal approaches, according to a commission spokesperson.