MSG is helping shut-out DISH subscribers catch live sports action, with “MSG’s Watch it LIVE Sweepstakes.” The Sweepstakes, which will provide the opportunity for fans to win tickets to Knicks, Rangers, Devils, Islanders and Sabres games, is in response to DISH’s decision to drop both MSG Network and MSG Plus on October 1.
DISH subscribers can visit IWANTMSG.COM
to enter the sweepstakes to win tickets to see one of 14 games played by their favorite teams live throughout the month of October. Fans can also visit the site or call 1-877-616-4MSG to receive a list of alternate providers in their area that carry MSG Networks.
“We understand DISH subscribers are upset with DISH’s decision to drop MSG Network and MSG Plus, so we wanted to offer this opportunity for our displaced viewers,” said Dan Ronayne, executive vice president and general manager, MSG Networks. “Unfortunately, DISH has chosen not to come back to the negotiating table since they dropped our networks, but we continue to call on them to negotiate in good faith with us so that New York area sports fans can once again watch the teams they love.”
MSG and MSG Plus will telecast nearly 400 live NBA and NHL games of the Knicks, Rangers, Devils, Islanders and Sabres this season. Opening Night for the Devils and Sabres is October 8th, while the Rangers and Islanders begin the 2010-11 campaign on October 9th. The new look Knicks, featuring All-Star Amar'e Stoudemire, begin the regular season on October 27th.
In addition to the openings of the NHL and NBA seasons, MSG recently launched WFAN's "Boomer & Carton" show, which is telecast live during the week from 6-10am, as well as five new Giants football programs. MSG and MSG Plus are two of the most robust Regional Sports Networks in America, as well as the most highly decorated in the New York area. The networks have won 48 New York Emmy Awards over the past three years, more than any other network or station.