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Verizon Strikes Carriage Pact With NYC Regional Sports Channel

Mar 22, 2006  •  Post A Comment

Verizon Communications said Wednesday it has reached an agreement with SportsNet New York to carry the regional sports channel as part of Verizon’s expanded basic video package in the New York area.

The pact comes a day after Verizon said it had turned to the Federal Communications Commission to step into an ongoing battle with Cablevision Systems over the cable operator’s refusal to negotiate with Verizon for carriage of three Cablevision-owned regional sports channels on the Verizon video service, called FiOS TV, on systems in New York and New England.

In what appeared to be a dig at Cablevision, Terry Denson, VP of Verizon’s FiOS TV content and strategy, said the pact between Verizon and SportsNet New York “shows how two companies can cooperate to offer quality sports programming to Verizon customers.”

Launched earlier this month, SportsNet New York is a regional sports network founded by Sterling Entertainment Enterprises, Time Warner and Comcast Corp. It will feature up to 125 telecasts of New York Mets pro baseball games and serve as the year-round television home of the New York Jets pro football team.

The channel will be part of FiOS’s expanded basic package, which offers 180 digital channels and more than 20 high-definition channels.

In New York FiOS is currently available to customers in Massapequa Park, Nyack and South Nyack-all New York suburbs.