Time Warner Cable, NFL end talks

October 17, 2011 Updated Oct 17, 2011 at 7:35 AM EDT

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Time Warner Cable, NFL end talks

October 17, 2011 Updated Oct 17, 2011 at 7:35 AM EDT


The National Football League and Time Warner Cable have ended their negotiations without an NFL Network or NFL RedZone deal, and several sources familiar with the negotiations say it is unlikely the two will reach an agreement this year.

The companies' execs held a contentious meeting in TWC's New York City offices last Friday, where senior execs from both sides were unable to bridge several differences. The two sides left the meeting with no plans to meet again. Several sources said Time Warner Cable, the dominant cable TV provider in the Buffalo area and Upstate New York, and NFL Network had made considerable progress this year to resolve differences that started soon after the channel launched in '03.

Ironically, the two found agreement on most of the big issues that had been separating them, according to sources close to the negotiations. The two sides essentially were close on price.

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