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Time Warner-MSG Networks Dispute Continues

Jul 29, 2004  •  Post A Comment

Time Warner Cable and Cablevision’s MSG Networks are in a dispute that could result in Madison Square Garden Network, Fox Sports New York and the Metro Channels being taken off Time Warner’s New York-area systems July 31. Time Warner’s carriage agreement with MSG expired in December and the networks have remained on cable through an extension. At a meeting Wednesday MSG presented a contract proposal it called “reasonable” and Time Warner said was not realistic. No further meetings are scheduled.

A Time Warner spokesman noted that MSG has lost the rights to the NBA New Jersey Nets and is losing the rights to the NHL New Jersey Devils. He also noted that the New York Rangers and New York Knicks have had a string of disappointing seasons. “They’re seeking a significant increase for what has been a diminishing product and they’re handcuffing it to a product — the Metro Channels — which has very little value for our customers,” he said.

An MSG spokesman said MSG is seeking a fee that is “significantly below” what Time Warner is already paying for YES, another regional sports network.