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Time Warner is in negotiations for CIF TV contract

August 1, 2011 | 10:27 am

Time Warner Cable is the entity that has been trying to persuade the California Interscholastic Federation and its sections to sign off on a state-wide TV contract, according to sources who could not comment publicly because they are not authorized to speak on the negotiations.

The CIF has declined to comment on negotiations, but something figures to be finalized this month. Time Warner has already won broadcast rights for the Lakers.

What's clear is that there will be more high school football games broadcast on television and via the Internet than ever before in California.

FS West is scheduled to have a game of the week on Prime Ticket involving Southern Section teams, and for the first time will broadcast as many as four games a week via webcasts on It has the first choice of Southern Section games.

Time Warner is expected to televise several games each week involving Southern Section and City Section teams. IBN Sports will be back for webcasts, and Cox Cable also figures to have games broadcast.

The Southern Section is expected to release later this month the games that have been chosen to be televised by FS West and Time Warner.

-- Eric Sondheimer