“I’m calling on all participants to resolve this so we can get our hometown Dodgers,” LA Mayor Eric Garcetti said during his welcoming address to the NCTA Cable Show at the Convention Center downtown. The team is embroiled in carriage disputes that is keeping it off-air to many Angelenos who do not have Time Warner Cable, which distributes the Dodgers-owned SportsNet LA and is asking carriers for a steep fee to carry it. “We love the Dodgers and we love Time Warner,” Garcetti said with TWC CEO Rob Marcus in the building, the mayor noting that he actually has no power to force a resolution through anything except persuasion.
Garcetti had a busy day. Before he stepped out to participate in a press conference following LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s lifetime ban from the NBA for making racist comments, the mayor welcomed Cable Show attendees to “the creative capital of the world.” He noted his efforts to halt runaway production and bringing more film and TV back to Hollywood. “As other states offer incentives, we are pushing hard to have California expand its jobs programs,” he said of legislation inching its way through the state Assembly to evolve California’s current $100 million Film and TV Tax Credit program.
Garcetti’s remarks came at the NCTA event after an opening to the 3-day confab that featured the UCLA Bruins marching band doing the Rolling Stones’ “Satisfaction” in the vast and jam-packed West Hall. His welcome was followed by a philosophical and regulatory-heavy keynote from NCTA CEO and former FCC chair Michael Powell. “I believe the cable industry makes the world a better place,” Powell told the audience. “We nurture the soul of modern community.”