Speaking to analysts and investors during its second-quarter earnings conference call, DirecTV Chief Executive
While White's remarks may be seen as cause for optimism for Dodgers fans, he also suggested that the team should be part of any talks.
"Without active participation of the Dodgers I'm not sure how you get any resolution to this dispute," White said.
So far, the team has shown little interest in getting actively involved in the standoff. Time Warner Cable acquired distribution rights for SportsNet LA in a 25-year deal worth $8.35 billion, according to a valuation by the Dodgers and
Earlier this week, Dodgers President Stan Kasten declined to comment when asked if the team would consider renegotiating that contract if it meant getting distribution for SportsNet LA. Besides DirecTV, other carriers who have passed on carrying SportsNet LA include Dish Network,
On Monday, Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) wrote White and Time Warner Cable Chief Executive Rob Marcus encouraging the two companies to enter into binding arbitration to resolve the dispute. White said he appreciated the concern of Sherman and other lawmakers but did not commit to any sort of arbitration to resolve what he said is a "commercial dispute."
White noted that between the Dodgers deal and its earlier acquisition of TV rights for the
Separately, White said DirecTV has agreed on a price to carry