By Mike Steffanos
This is on MSG's web site. Given that Cablevision owns MSG, this would qualify as "official", thank God. Thanks to "Matt" who notified me of the article in a comment to yesterday's story.
Cablevision and SportsNet New York announce carriage agreement
Mar 23, 2006
Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) and SportsNet New York Thursday announced a long-term agreement to provide the new regional sports network featuring the New York Mets and the New York Jets to Cablevision customers.
The new network will be added to Cablevision's Family Cable (expanded basic) level of service today on channel 60, in time for tonight's live pre-season game against the Florida Marlins. In Cablevision's Litchfield, Connecticut service area, SportsNet New York will appear on channel 62. The agreement will also allow Cablevision to deliver to its HD customers a high-definition version of all regular season home Mets games carried by SportsNet New York.
"This is good news for our customers and a strong addition to our television service," said Tom Rutledge, Cablevision's Chief Operating Officer. "Cablevision offers our television, voice and Internet customers better service and more value than they can receive from any other cable or satellite provider, and we welcome SportsNet New York and its coverage of Mets games to a programming line-up that is second to none."
"Cablevision's service area represents the heart of the Mets' fan base, so this is a landmark agreement for our network and for New York sports fans," said Jon Litner, president of SportsNet New York. "We look forward to providing Mets games and our compelling blend of 24/7 sports programming to Cablevision customers."
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