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Bloomberg: Cablevision reaches agreement with SNY

Mike SteffanosSunday, February 26, 2006
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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Comments (8)

Does anyone know if Dish Network will be carrying SportsNet NY in the Tri-state area?

Thx,
RINGER

All we hear is that they are negotiating. My local CT cable system doesn't seem inclined to carry SNY, so I am waiting myself to hear which satellite company will carry them.

I currentl have IO provided through cablevison anmd I was wondering will SNY be on IO?

You'll need to check with them on it. Despite this story from Bloomberg there hasn't even been an official announcement on this yet.

I inquired with Cablevision last night by email and received back the following email:

Response (Shawn G) - 03/15/2006 12:02 AM
Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for your recent email. I understand and will be happy to address your inquiry. We are pleased to announce beginning on Thursday, 3/16/06, a new network, Sportsnet New York (SNY) will be made available to all existing Cablevision customer who subscribe to family cable and higher packages at no additional charge. SNY will be located on channel 60 in all areas except Litchfield, where we will move Game Show Network to channel 88 and launch SNY on channel 62.

Programming is currently scheduled to begin on 3/16 at 5:00pm, and will be followed at 8:00pm, for the preseason game of the NY Mets vs. Atlanta Braves. Sportsnet New York is the new regional sports network that will be the official television home of the Mets and Jets.

Again, thank you for contacting us to express your programming interests. We look forward to being able to continue offering our customers the most sought after content available. If you have any further inquiries regarding this matter, please feel free to email again at www.Cablevision.com

Thank you for choosing Cablevision.

Shawn
Cablevision Shared Services

Thanks, Janet

Can you pls. advise why ny sportsnet mets' telecasts are not included in the extra innings package offered through dish network's season ticket programming, and will they begin to be included if negotiations bet. dish netwk. and ny sportsnet. are successful??? thanks.

Sorry, Mike, I don't have any insider knowledge of DISH network.

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