It was actually a bittersweet moment for some of us New Yorkers, who were poppin’ bottles to celebrate the new year last night. At midnight the Time Warner Cable network lost one of its prized possessions: the MSG network. Unable to come to an agreement, Time Warner and MSG parted ways today at 12 A.M. on the dot. MSG Network and cable television have long had a prosperous tenure, and many fans grew up with the network that has become a fixture in our sporting lives.
The Knicks, Rangers, Sabres, Devils, Islanders are the teams that are shown on the MSG network, that subscribers will no longer be able to watch. Apparently the big issue was carriage fees, which is the amount of money cable operators pay each network to carry their station. Time Warner said MSG is seeking a 53 percent fee increase, much higher than a 6.5 percent increase Time Warner said it was willing to pay. MSG disputed that it asked for the 53 percent increase, but has yet to publicly say what they did ask for.
Another key issue was the plan release of MSG owned music channel FUSE. MSG was said to be doubling their rate if the cable networks were to do this. Of course, these allegations were called untrue by a representative of the Time Warner cable network.
It has been one big blame game thus far as it was a fitting way to end the new year which we already saw an NBA lockout and NFL lockout in which sides just couldn’t come to an agreement for the longest of times. In this case New Yorkers and New Jersians lose out on what was many fans’ outlet to watch their favorite teams from the tri-state area.
Looks like it’s the NBA Season Pass now.