Williams Signs Bill Requiring Comcast to Show Nats Games (1 Viewer)

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Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D) yesterday signed into law a bill requiring Comcast, which is the District's main cable provider, to begin broadcasting Washington Nationals games or face the possibility of losing its license to operate in the city.

The bill, which was passed unanimously by the D.C. Council earlier this month, says that unless the games are on the air beginning today, the District and Comcast must enter into negotiations to discuss the franchise agreement and explore ways of getting the games on the air.

But it's not clear that the city action is binding on Comcast. Comcast Executive Vice President David L. Cohen said yesterday that the cable firm "is working to find a solution that will put the Nats games on TV immediately."

Comcast subscribers throughout the Washington region can only watch Nationals games broadcast on WDCA (Channel 20) and WTTG (Channel 5).

Additional games are broadcast on ESPN, but some are blacked out locally. The vast majority of Nationals games are shown on Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN), the team's home network. The games are seen by more than 2 million subscribers on five cable and satellite providers.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/05/23/AR2006052301518.html?nav=rss_sports
 

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Comcast To Show Nationals On Television

Washington, D.C. (AP) - Mayor Anthony Williams has signed a bill that would require Comcast to start putting the Washington Nationals on the air.

The bill says the city and Comcast must begin negotiations in order to help get the games on television unless the games are on the air starting Wednesday.

A statement from Williams acknowledges that the stand-off wasn't created by Comcast, but he says having the Nationals on TV in Washington is in "the best financial interests" of the District for the team to have as large a fan base as possible.

Comcast Executive Vice President David Cohen says the cable company is "working to find a solution that will put the Nats games on TV immediately."

Comcast has refused to carry the network, saying it should have been given a right to bid for television deal, which went to the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network.

That network is owned by Peter Angelos, who also owns the Baltimore Orioles.

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