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We made it to lucky #10! In this episode we discuss the Time Warner Cable/Fox Sports San Diego long overdue deal, the highs and lows and FanFest and then ramble on about a variety of other topics. LET’S PODCAST!
On a serious note, Melvin, Mike & myself would like to thank all of you for listening. We are truly shocked at how well the reception has been for this crazy thing and we’ll keep churning these out as long as you keep listening.
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In a stunning turn of events, the Padres actually announced some good news today.
Time Warner Cable will start carrying Fox Sports San Diego — and in turn, Padres games — starting March 30th.
From the press release from Fox Sports San Diego:
The network will launch for Time Warner Cable customers on March 30, 2014. Channel position on Time Warner Cable systems will be announced at a later date.
“We’re happy for the many Padres fans who are Time Warner Cable customers who now will be able to follow their hometown baseball team on TV all season long,” said Henry Ford, Senior Vice President and General Manager, FOX Sports San Diego. “With this agreement, Padres baseball will now be available in more homes in San Diego than ever before.”
“We’re pleased to have reached a reasonable long-term agreement for Fox Sports San Diego, and we look forward to launching this network in the near future,” said Jennifer Chun Senior Vice President, Content Acquisition for Time Warner Cable.
The Padres Chairman, Ron Fowler, released a statement regarding the deal. The last two sentences caught my eye.
“We are also pleased that our broadcast will now be available for the many Padres fans in Hawaii as well. This is a great day for Padres fans everywhere.”
— FOX Sports San Diego (@FoxSportsSD) March 28, 2013
Last year, when the Padres games weren’t shown on Time Warner Cable, I was ill-prepared. I didn’t expect the blackout to last all season, and I wasted a lot of time and energy bitching about the situation rather than doing anything constructive. I tried watching a game at a sports bar, but that didn’t work for me.
Fortunately, I learned a few things along the way that might help those of you who also cannot watch the Padres in the comfort of your own home. This could come in handy since Time Warner doesn’t appear to be interested in changing its position regardless of what local politicians may desire.
Yes, Fox Sports San Diego has expanded its reach for the 2013 season, but maybe you’re a stubborn Taurus like me. It is difficult, but not impossible, to survive having no Padres live on television in your home all year. Here are some tips: Read More…
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Yesterday, Padres CEO Tom Garfinkel joined Scott & BR on the team’s flagship (err, only radio affiliate) to discuss the situation with Time-Warner Cable and Fox Sports San Diego (here’s a transcript, since I’m trusting you’re not a “Great Friend”). Giving a rundown of the situation, Garf states that TWC suggests the only way they plan to pick up FSSD is if fans leave in droves:
“I think Time Warner, you know, we want them to pick up the games. We asked them directly, but they gave us really no indication that they plan to pick up the games. In fact, they suggested it’s not likely unless there’s a critical mass of their customers who leave to their competitors.”
Garf also suggested that Time-Warner has taken a stance in negotiations, and refuses to budge:
Nearly lost in all the hoopla last week of the Change the Padres video* was the announcement that Fox Sports San Diego had hired three new on-air talents. And, at the risk of sounding sexist and chauvinistic, they are — at the very least — easy on the eyes. That opinion has absolutely nothing at all to do with their obvious experience and qualifications, however.
*Meaning we ignored it like the bunch of dumbasses we are. We never claimed to be all that bright.
Fox Sports San Diego is going to televise the first games ever played at the new Fowler Park at the University of San Diego Friday, February 15th and Saturday, February 16th. These games will determine once and for all* who has the greatest college baseball team in San Diego County: the USD Toreros or the SDSU Aztecs.
*And by once and for all, I mean until next year when they play this annual series again.
Both games are starting at 6:00 pm, with Friday’s game featuring an hour-long pregame special hosted by Andy Masur. That show will feature in-depth looks at the construction of Fowler Park and a tribute to Ron Fowler.
So set your DVRs or your VCRs, if you can’t watch it live or be there in person.
Of course, if you have Time Warner Cable, go to a friend’s house or a bar, because you’re screwed.
You can read the official press release here.
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This makes Time Warner Cable the lone holdout on Fox Sports San Diego. So, I can only tell those of you who still have Time Warner (AHEM, Avenging Jack Murphy) to switch to literally ANY OTHER TV PROVIDER available in San Diego County.
It’s apparent that Time Warner has a plan. Just don’t ask me what that plan is.
Gaslamp Ball has a theory. It makes no sense from my standpoint, but it’s a theory.