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from Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News,
In the carriage renewal fight between Time Warner Cable and MSG, the MSO Sunday put the negotiating ball in the programmer’s court.
Time Warner Cable pledged that it would not take MSG and its sister regional sports network, MSG + off its air through the balance of the NBA and NHL seasons, offering to pay a 6.5% increase in monthly subscriber license fees.
The parties’ have evidently been negotiating for two years and their contract expires on Dec. 31. On Friday, Time Warner Cable dropped music network Fuse.
“We will not remove MSG/MSG+ from our New York cable systems. That ball is in MSG’s court,” said Mike Angus, senior vice president, content acquisition for Time Warner Cable, in a statement. “Time Warner Cable and our customers have stood by MSG and its teams through thick and thin. Our customers have paid whether the teams won or lost; they deserve better.”
MSG returned fire Sunday night with this response: “Time Warner Cable is blatantly mischaracterizing our negotiations and the figures as a smokescreen for the fact that they are not willing to pay fair and reasonable rates for our programming.”
From Dan Rosen at NHL.com:
Now they get to finally move forward, past the opening-season grind and into some sense of normalcy, both in their hockey lives and regular lives.
A taste of that came Wednesday when the Rangers got to experience their new digs at the Garden for the first time. The reviews were tremendous.
“It looks amazing,” Marian Gaborik said of the new dressing room, which is now complete with a full workout room, something that did not exist in the old Garden.
“It’s a little bit disorganized trying to figure out where we come in and where we go out, but they did a great job,” Callahan said. “It’s awesome in here. There is so much more space. It’s high-tech and it’s more fan-friendly now, with a little more access to us. We’re excited to be back here, back at home, and start playing on home ice again.”
NYR home opener promo video available here.
The NHL network will air the Buffalo Sabres preseason game with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday but the game will blacked out in Western New York.
MSG has exclusive rights to Sabres games in the Western New York market and in order to protect the rights, Wednesday’s game will not air in the Buffalo television market, according to a spokesperson with the Sabres.
Two On Your Side has a call into MSG network for more information on the broadcast agreement and an explanation about why they are not allowing Wednesday’s game to air in Western New York even though they have no plans of carrying it.
from Tripp Mickle and Eric Fisher of SportsBusiness Journal,
The NHL and Madison Square Garden are close to completing a settlement in their contentious, two-year-old legal battle over new media rights, a letter filed with U.S. District Court shows.
Terms of the settlement aren’t disclosed in the letter, but it does say that the settlement is expected to be completed by the end of March, at which time documentation of it will be submitted to the court and the lawsuit will be dismissed.
Sources familiar with the pending settlement say that it will see MSG cover all of the league’s legal fees, which are more than $15 million. Additionally, MSG will receive a seat on the NHL’s digital committee, NHL governors will be given the right to motion for anonymous votes on issues put before the board, and ownership groups will be able to propose a 30-day waiting period before the board votes on an issue brought forward by the NHL.
continued and thanks to SBJ for making the link available to KK readers…
From Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy,
So was there a glimmer of hope today for New York Rangers fans tired of their ownership situation? Cablevision said it was “considering several options to boost its stock price including spinning off some of its diverse holdings,” according to the Associated Press. Andrew Zimbalist, a sports economist with Smith College, told the AP that if the contracts between the two teams, cable television and MSG could be sussed out, the Knicks would be worth about $500 million and the Rangers $300.
Are the Rangers a “spinoff” candidate? The Dolans aren’t saying. John Moag, chairman of the sports investment bank Moag & Co., tells Bloomberg that the Dolans’ sports teams and MSG itself could bring in almost $2 billion if Cablevision does decide to sell.
From John Dellapina at Blueshirts Blog (NY Daily News),
The Garden’s string of courtroom losses was extended today when a federal court judge ruled in favor of the NHL in MSG’s bid to independently control the Rangers’ Web site.
The NHL was going to fine the Rangers $100,000 a day unless they complied with league rules mandating that all team Web sites come under the NHL.com umbrella.
added 5:08pm (by Paul), from Watchdog Blog at Newsday,
MSG officials pledged to appeal the ruling against the injunction and also vowed to proceed with its overall lawsuit against the NHL. “This decision is one step in what will be a very long legal process and we look forward to having the opportunity to present the facts, which support our position.”
Update 12:35am ET November 3rd: More from the Canadian Press