Kansas City Chiefs: Time Warner Cable Planning to Remove KCTV and KSMO

Farzin VousoughianContributor IIIJuly 20, 2012

December 24, 2011; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs fans show their support during the first half of the game against the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium. The Raiders won 16-13. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE

With training camp around the corner, Kansas City Chiefs fans are struck with some potential bad news.

KCTV5, the CBS affiliate in Kansas City, announced to their followers on Facebook that Time Warner Cable is planning to remove the KCTV5 and KSMO signal from its system. Fifteen out of 20 Chiefs games this season, including three preseason games, will be held on KCTV5.

In a release from KCTV5, the station stated Chiefs fans will not be able to watch games through Time Warner Cable. Time Warner Cable's contract to carry KCTV5 and KSMO expires on July 25.

Meredith Corporation, the company that owns KCTV5 and KSMO, is working on negotiations to reach a fair market value with Time Warner Cable.

Meanwhile, the statement says that if an agreement is not reached by the time games kickoff, Chiefs fans can catch games by using an over the air antenna or to switch to DirecTV and Dish, since they carry KCTV5.

Since this is 2012, it's unlikely that people are willing to yank out the rabbit ears to watch their television. At the same time, Chiefs fans, regardless of the team's success or struggles, still want to catch the games.

There is the possibility of good news. This week, ABC was off Time Warner Cable's listing, and they returned after an agreement was reached between Time Warner Cable and Hearst.

Likewise, it's possible that KSCTV5 and KSMO might be off the Time Warner Cable system for only a couple of days, and then return in time before the Chiefs preseason debut August 10 against the Arizona Cardinals.