By Mike Steffanos
According to Scott Soshnick on Bloomberg.com, Mets fans who are Cablevision subscribers will be able to watch Mets games on SportsNet New York:
Cablevision Systems Corp., the New York-area's No. 1 cable television operator, reached agreement to carry the network that shows Mets baseball games, people familiar with the negotiations said.
The accord between Bethpage, New York-based Cablevision and SportsNet New York ensures that the company's 3 million customers will be able to see the Mets when they open the season April 3 against the Washington Nationals.
The agreement allows the sides to avoid a pricing standoff like the one in 2002 between Cablevision and Yankees Entertainment & Sports Network, which shows baseball's Yankees.
"We fully expect to carry Mets games this season and beyond,'' Cablevision spokesman Jim Maiella said in a telephone interview, declining to say whether an agreement had been reached. Andrew Fegyveresi, a spokesman for SportsNet New York, which is scheduled to go on the air March 16, said "we're in discussions with all cable and satellite providers.''
Not exactly a firm confirmation from the parties involved, but that's not unusual in negotiations like this.
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