NBA Fans in New York May Lose Knicks Games on TV (Report)

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After the lockout that has led to a shortened basketball season, fans in the Big Apple may lose out on games if MSG Network and Time Warner Cable can’t finalize carriage talks.

NEW YORK - The shortened NBA season is set to kick off on Christmas Day, but it is still uncertain if Time Warner Cable customers here will be able to enjoy New York Knicks broadcasts without interruptions, the New York Post reported.
After the NBA lockout, basketball fans in the Big Apple may lose out on Knicks games if the Dolan family-controlled Madison Square Garden’s MSG Network and cable giant Time Warner Cable can’t finalize a new carriage deal, it said.

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The current contract, which gets the regional sports channel to about 2 million customers, expires at midnight on Jan. 1. The last time the two companies were in carriage talks in 2005, MSG ended up going dark for two months, the Post highlighted.

Pay TV companies pay an average of $2.48 per subscriber per month for MSG plus $2.17 for MSG Plus, according to estimates from research firm SNL Kagan. The Post cited a source as saying that MSG is pushing for an increase of a couple of dollars. Walt Disney's ESPN gets $4.69 a subscriber a month, according to SNL Kagan.

A Time Warner spokesperson declined comment, the Post said. An MSG spokesperson said: “We are hopeful we can reach agreement before any disruption of service.”


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