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

Feb 17, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

Amare Stoudemire, Jeremy Lin, Mike D'Antoni AP

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.

  1. jasku880 - Feb 17, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    Lin answer to the Knicks. Lin answer to TWC and MSG dispute. Lin for president!

  2. eddit13 - Feb 17, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    Thank Melo. If he doesn’t push D’Antoni, Lin gets cut.

  3. richieranger - Feb 17, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    Unbelievable…..ranger fan since 1972, basically never miss a game until now. Shut out for a month and a half….and now u come back for Jeremy Lin. I’m a Knicks fan but more a ranger fan….I guess we don’t count….sorry but don’t think I’ll be watching.

  4. clownsfan - Feb 18, 2012 at 12:19 AM

    Well it’s about godd@amn time!!

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