But why does he have to do this? There could be confidentiality agreements in the negotiations process that prevent him from saying too much even if he wanted to... but he by no means owes anyone such an explanation. Again, if he had just said nothing to begin with... then people would be mad that he didn't say anything... but by even implying "soon" he has apparently gotten himself into trouble with folks who want to beat it to death every other day that he hasn't been "soon" enough for them. And in this case... how has he promised something and not delivered? He said they were working on the RSNs and hoped to have them soon... where was the promise? And even if he literally said "I promise we will have them soon", what does that even mean? Soon is a relative term. If his company exists for the next 100 years, then a 5-year window is relatively "soon" in the lifespan of the company. I just don't get some of the "sky is falling" reactions sometimes. The sky hasn't even cracked or dropped pebbles, much less began to fall... and if he gets RSNs anytime "soon" then that will be fine with me... but I'm not calendar counting the days to decide if it has been "soon" enough. And all of that said... IF he did say "we are having problem X" as you say... then folks would be watching problem X and saying "hey did you fix problem X yet" and "when will you fix problem X" and if problem X gets fixed, people will demand "hey you said problem X was the only reason so I want it now"... and we will be right back where we started. Personally, as much as I'd love to see RSNs in HD I find myself taxed to watch all the channels I already have, so I wouldn't notice not having them right now and if I didn't see the threads about them, I wouldn't even remember they were even working on them.