Cablevision Reaches Carriage Pact With SportsNet New York

Mar 23, 2006  •  Post A Comment

Cablevision Systems and SportsNet New York have struck a long-term agreement that brings the new regional sports network to Cablevision subscribers, the companies said Thursday.

The channel, which became available to customers starting Thursday, is part of Cablevision’s Family Cable expanded basic package. The agreement also allows Cablevision to deliver high-definition broadcasts of all regular season home games of the New York Mets professional baseball team.

SportsNet New York is a recently launched regional sports network founded by Sterling Entertainment Enterprises, Time Warner and Comcast Corp. In addition to Mets coverage, the channel broadcasts New York Jets pro football games and other professional and college sporting events, as well as original programming. Its target is viewers in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and northern Pennsylvania.

The Cablevision deal is the second in two days that SportsNet has struck. On Wednesday, the channel inked an agreement with Verizon Communications for carriage on the phone giant’s new video service FiOS TV.

The agreement also comes as Verizon and Cablevision are locked in a battle over carriage of Cablevision’s regional sports channels on the FiOS service. Verizon has accused Cablevision of stalling carriage negotiations and earlier this week asked the Federal Communications Commission to step in to help sort matters out.