Time Warner Cable and MSG end long standoff, allowing all of New York to watch Jeremy Lin


From the twitter account of the New York Times’ Richard Sandomir:

It’s over. MSG-TWC standoff over.

Time Warner Cable, which provides basic cable service to a large portion of New York City, had not been able to agree on a “subscription fee” (the money that goes to each channel when you pay for basic cable every month — networks without live sports almost all “cost” well under 50 cents per month, while networks with live sports generally cost a few dollars per month) with Madison Square Garden Network, which has deals with the Knicks, the Rangers, the Islanders, the Devils, and several other teams in the Tri-State Area.

The factors that go into a deal like this are generally quite complex, due to the sheer dollar amounts involved, and this deal will reportedly be in place for quite a few years, so it’s almost impossible to point to one single factor and say that it was what caused the deal to be completed. That said, we are giving Jeremy Lin full credit for getting this deal completed, and Sandomir did tweet that Lin’s spectacular emergence may have expedited the negotiations between MSG and Time Warner:

Let’s just say that many more people took notice of the impasse because of Jeremy Lin

So there you have it. New York, you shall be watching Jeremy Lin live on basic cable tonight. Enjoy.

The answer is 'No, New York does not have any dignity left to waste in its pursuit of LeBron'


They’ve put together a special edition of the New York Magazine. They’ve offered him his run of a strip club for life. The mayor has made a pitch. So has Diddy.

The city of New York has pulled out all the stops in letting LeBron James know it wants him, and it wants him bad. And now the Knicks are offering something else unique. His own show.

The New York Post reports that the MSG Network will premiere “Knicks Night Live” on July 1st, right in time for the free agency push in the NBA. The network is saying all the right things in terms of this just being an advance of their brand, but it’s pretty obvious, this is yet another element to throw at LeBron, enticing him with the idea of his own talk show in the world’s top market.

It certainly fits with James’ M.O. of pursuing ‘global icon’ status. James has long pursued a situation that fits with this kind of total media expansion of his brand. A talk show in New York nightly certainly puts him on a different level with his peers.

At the same time, couldn’t James do this for any network? How many cable networks would afford him this opportunity? It’s arguable that James doesn’t need New York or MSG to pull this off.

But still, it’s nice to be wanted.