Time Warner Cable and the MSG Network have ended their impasse, with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo helping to push the agreement — aided by the excitement over New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin, reports The New York Times.
Lin’s sudden success in the past couple of weeks put more pressure on the companies to resolve their issues, given that Time Warner customers around New York couldn’t watch Knicks games without finding a bar or a friend with a different cable or satellite service, the story notes.
Cuomo said the demand from fans "heightened the pressure" on MSG and Time Warner Cable to reach an agreement, which he helped arrange, the story notes. Financial terms weren’t announced.
The two sides’ tentative deal came in time for Time Warner Cable customers to see the Knicks play the Hornets on Friday on MSG, the piece notes. Unfortunately for New York fans, the Knicks lost to the Hornets, 89-85, with Lin’s nine turnovers — tying him for the most in a single game in the NBA this season — offsetting his 26 points and contributing to the team’s first loss since “Linsanity” began.
The Knicks’ loss snapped a seven-game winning streak for the team.