'Linsanity' May Help Get Buffalo Sabres Games Back on Time Warner Cable

12:01 PM, Feb 17, 2012   |    comments
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BUFFALO, N.Y. - As strange as it sounds, "Linsanity" may be the key to getting Buffalo Sabres hockey games back on Time Warner Cable.

The New York Post reports that negotiations between the two sides resumed earlier this week. It marks the first meeting between Time Warner Cable and MSG since the channel was pulled off Time Warner Cable on January 1, 2012.

According to Time Warner, "there's been no meaningful movement or progress," said Joli Plucknette-Farmen, Communications Manager.

2 On Your Side spoke with MSG General Manager Dan Ronayne, he said "the knicks ratings with Jeremy Lin are soaring. In fact last night's (Wednesday) rating was our highest rated game since Carmello Anthony's debuted."

The two sides failed to reach a new contract. Time Warner Cable claims MSG is asking for a 53% increase. MSG denies that, "it's just flat out incorrect, said Ronayne.  

The resumption of negotiations comes as the New York Knicks are on a winning streak thanks to the remarkable performance from Jeremy Lin. In New York City, fans are calling the rookie performance - "Linsanity."

The dispute between MSG and Time Warner Cable has resulted in Buffalo Sabres games being taken off cable in the Western New York area. In New York City, fans with Time Warner Cable are no longer able to see Knicks basketball as well as New York Rangers, New York Islanders and New Jersey Devils hockey games.

Thanks to Lin's play and the Knicks winning streak, MSG's ratings are on the rise and there is more pressure on Time Warner Cable to carry the network.

2 On Your Side has calls into both Time Warner Cable and MSG Network to see if any progress has been made.

To date, Sabres fans with Time Warner Cable have missed 14 games because of the contract dispute with MSG.

When asked if more talks were scheduled, Ronayne said "I don't have a comment on that."

WGRZ/ New York Post

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