Nine Southern California democrats, including LA's Tony Cardenas and Carson's Janice Hahn, are calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to wade into the media battle between Time Warner Cable and other pay-TV providers over distribution of SportsNet LA, the new channel that is home to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
They say the season-long dispute may set a precedent for future battles that hold the consumer hostage to assert unfair market dominance. But does Congress really have any teeth when it comes to roping the FCC into the debate? And what recourse do consumers have?
Kitty Felde, KPCC Washington correspondent