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08-05-2004, 10:51 PM
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It's just a tough situation.
TWC knows MSG is no longer a top channel, and other than NYR/NYK in the winter and spring, theres absolutely nothing to watch on it, and barely any money to be made. You can't blame them for not wanting to pay... not wanting to pay more than about 30% less than they did for YES, I hear.
On the other hand, MSG still carries 2 huge sports teams... Rangers and Knicks... and in a market as big as NY, there is no reason that Cablevision shouldn't get paid for owning them. As bad as both teams have been the last few years, these are still teams with rich histories and huge fan bases throughout the metro area. Although MSG shows nothing other than live games... when you think about it all YES shows other than live games is yankees yankees yankees. You can't blame MSG for wanting close to what TWC is paying YES.
Why should TWC pay Dolan anything near what they pay YES? Yankees own the town and the media and will own it all thru another hockey season.
Maybe you can talk about a huge fan bases for the Knicks, but putting the Rangers in the same sentence with the Knicks makes no sense. They are not a major sports team in this market. It's hockey. No media, no coverage, poor seasonal ratings.
There actually is good hockey programming but James Dolan does not want to promote the local teams that do make the playoffs on his systems so he pays the Islanders 300 million until 2030 to hide them on Metro or Fox which is a great deal considering what the entire league got from Espn. Meanwhile when he put
Islanders-Leafs on Msg for one game they got better ratings than Dolan's most valuable sports programming, the Mets. Proving good programming draws good ratings and bad programming does not which is why ABC/Espn had enough of hockey.
If this goes on much longer TWC will forget baseball and let Dolan explain to Wilpon why he should make any deals with Msg for future Mets games? After that the next key moment is when Knicks games begin because that's Dolan's meal-ticket.
This will not be settled over hockey.
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