A question I pose to you, with a brief setup beforehand: This ran through my mind this morning and has very little to do with college sports and more about the RSN business & the possibility of a Time Warner/Comcast merger.
Comcast proposed divesting some of the customer base that would make up a combined TWC-Comcast. I don't know if that means they'd sell it off to another company or spin it off into its own company.
Two markets where Comcast and TWC are having a bit of trouble with regional sports networks they manage are Houston (Comcast) and Los Angeles (TWC/Dodgers RSN). Granted the TWC issues are in the early stages, and I don't know any of the legal implications around doing this, but do you think a merged Comcast-TWC would consider divesting itself of one or both of these markets to wash their hands of a deal that they might consider unfavorable? Both markets are top ten markets and I would believe to be big money markets in terms of advertising sales and systems, but Comcast's position in Houston doesn't seem to be very favorable to them and maybe they would consider the Dodgers deal to be a bad deal and want no part of it.
Just thinking out loud, would love to know what you think. Like I said, I don't know the legal obligations are here and if the FCC would impose any restrictions on a merger that would force a merged TWC-Comcast to stay in these markets for X number of years or be forced to make good on these deals.