Dodgers CEO expects SportsNet LA situation to be resolved by April 1.

The standoff between Time Warner and other cable providers keeping Dodgers games out of most Southern California homes hasn’t budged. There’s no news today about that.

But while the Dodgers were busy wheeling and dealing last week at the Winter Meetings in San Diego, a couple notable things happened on the TV front.

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KDOC will air Dodgers’ final six regular-season games, even if you don’t have TWC.

SportsNet LA logoTime Warner Cable announced today that it has secured an agreement to broadcast the final six Dodger games of the season (Sept. 22-24 vs. SF & Sept. 26-28 vs. COL) on KDOC.

KDOC can be seen on the following channels:

Provider HD Channel SD Channel
Charter 710 10
Cox 1012 12
AT&T U-verse 1006 6
DirecTV 56 56
Verizon FiOS 506 6
Dish Network 56 56
Over the air broadcast 56.1 56.1

Colleague Tom Hoffarth writes that the gesture is “too little, too late.”

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Sports Fans Coalition petitions FCC to delay Comcast-Time Warner merger.

The Sports Fans Coalition, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, filed a Petition to Deny with the Federal Communications Commission in connection with the pending Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger.

According to an email from the SFC:

We call on the FCC to (1) hold the entire Comcast-Time Warner proceeding in abeyance unless and until the unprecedented Dodgers/TWC holdup is resolved, and (2) either deny the merger or require as a condition the complete divestiture by Comcast of all its Regional Sports Networks.

Already, members of Congress have asked the FCC to intervene on this matter with no formal response. With five weeks left in the MLB regular season, it seems unlikely that non-Time Warner subscribers will be watching live Dodgers games (legally) anytime soon.

Also Monday, AwfulAnnouncing.com reported that TWC is asking carriers to pay $3.84 per month per subscriber for SportsNet LA, which goes a long way toward explaining the hold-up if it’s true. Author Joe Lucia contends that the Time Warner/DirecTV impasse could delay the Comcast-Time Warner proceedings without any outside help.

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Full text of Stan Kasten’s letter to Congressman Brad Sherman.

On July 31, Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten wrote a letter to Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) in support of Sherman’s proposal of binding arbitration between Time Warner Cable and DirecTV over SportsNet LA.

Here is the full text of that letter:

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Local Congressman clarifies proposal for ‘binding baseball-style arbitration’ over SportsNet LA.

Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) sent a letter today to the chairmen of Time Warner Cable, DirecTV and the Federal Communications Commission spelling out his earlier proposal for a binding arbitration process. It’s the third letter sent by a local member of Congress to the FCC concerning the ongoing dispute over SportsNet LA, the Dodgers’ home channel.

Here is the full text of the letter signed by Sherman. It’s a fairly dry read, but the level of specificity emphasizes the level of thought put into the proposal. Proposing binding arbitration becomes more than a two-word soundbite:

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