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Mr. Carr also cited criticism from Carol Hevey, the Time Warner executive overseeing the company’s cable system in the state.

“Hevey noted that ‘when Orioles games were carried on [Fox Sports Net-South] in past years, ratings in North Carolina were low — considerably lower than ratings for [Atlanta] Braves games’ carried on FSN-South in North Carolina,” Mr. Carr wrote. “The poor performance of the Orioles and Nationals in recent years raised additional questions about the teams’ ability to spark fan interest in North Carolina. Hevey noted that the Orioles ‘have not reached the playoffs since 1997’ and (particularly at the time of the carriage discussions between TWC and MASN), the Nationals were ‘a new team without much of a following even in Washington, D.C.’ The Nationals have yet to enjoy a winning season since the team moved to Washington from Montreal in 2005.”

The Nats’ and Orioles‘ impressive starts to the 2012 season notwithstanding, it’s doubly unfortunate for fans in the South who may be struggling financially, Mr. Williams said.

“It just seems the way life is right now, people keep getting so much taken away from them,” he said. “Regular people can’t catch a break. It makes it a depressing day [when] you take baseball away from someone.”