What was a funny publicity stunt—intended, one imagines, to keep pressure on the two companies to strike a deal—also serves as a reminder of how powerless the government agency is in this situation. Unable to step in and do anything besides call the companies' CEOs and ask them to figure something out, the FCC is reduced to a scorekeeper. Literally!

So, sports fans with Cablevision: Make sure you follow the FCC Twitter before tomorrow night. For the record, San Francisco won, 3-0.