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TV and parking

The Post's Dan LeDuc, who is covering development around the ballpark and the myriad issues therein, had a story in the Metro section of today's $.50/$.35 edition that gives a good look into how the Nationals are attacking the parking problem. I know some people are sick of the issue and others can't get enough of it, but it's clear this won't be the last time we address it in the next two-and-a-half months.

I would ask: What are your concerns about parking? Will it affect how much you attend games, or is it a non-issue?

A smaller issue, at least for those around here: MASN scored a big victory in a battle with Time Warner Cable in North Carolina that looks like it will result in Nationals (and Orioles) games on cable down there this season. An arbitrator ruled that TWC discriminated against MASN by keeping it off its systems. The cable company didn't get back to me with a comment yesterday, but did respond with this statement this morning:

"We respectfully disagree with the arbitrator's decision and will be appealing it. There is simply no basis to conclude that Time Warner Cable's decision not to provide broad distribution of a Regional Sports Network that features teams from Baltimore and Washington, D.C. on its systems in North Carolina was in any way improper. Rather, it reflected our editorial and business judgment that a service featuring distant teams was of little interest to the great majority of our customers in North Carolina, and that the bulk of our customers shouldn't be forced to absorb the costs of programming that is of interest only to a few. We also believe it is inappropriate for government to intervene in private carriage decisions."

Next step: The two companies will submit terms of an agreement for TWC to carry MASN, and the arbitrator will select which he feels is more fair.

Why does this matter? Well, it might seem trivial, but the Nationals and the Orioles would like to have as wide an audience as possible. There are no major league teams in North Carolina, so they'll be able to fight a battle for fans there with the next logical choice, the Braves. Orioles games were on the air down there for years on the old HTS and on Fox Sports South. Now, Nats games could reach potential new fans. The Triangle is only a four-hour drive to the new ballpark.

Baseball: All's quiet on the pitching procurement front. If it changes, I'll let you know. Have a good Tuesday.

By Barry Svrluga  |  January 22, 2008; 11:41 AM ET
 
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