MSG Networks and the Buffalo Sabres announced today that they will make the February 11 Sabres-Lightning game available to fans who have been shutout of watching their favorite team after Time Warner Cable dropped MSG and MSG+ from its channel lineup on January 1. MSG’s coverage of the game will now be telecast on WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) in Buffalo and WHEC-TV (channel 10) in Rochester, along with a full postgame show.
“We are pleased that we have been able to work with WGRZ-TV, WHEC-TV and the Sabres to deliver this game to Sabres fans, who are among the most loyal and passionate in the NHL,” said Dan Ronayne, executive vice president and general manager, MSG Networks. “It is extremely unfortunate that the fans have been caught in the middle of this dispute and we continue to urge them to switch TV providers so they don’t miss any additional games.”
“We are glad that MSG has found a way to offer this Sabres game to our fans on local television,” said Ted Black, president, Buffalo Sabres. “We realize that fans have been in a tough spot since January 1 and we are hopeful that Time Warner Cable will engage in meaningful negotiations with MSG so that a deal can be reached to bring MSG’s networks and our games back to Time Warner Cable customers.”
“2 On Your Side is thrilled to work with the Sabres and MSG to bring all of Western New York and Southern Ontario this game on Saturday night,” said Jim Toellner, president and general manager, WGRZ-TV. “We all know that Sabres fans truly make this town ‘hockey heaven’ and we are excited to facilitate this event as the team fights for the playoffs.”
Derek Dalton, vice president and general manager, WHEC-TV said: “The Sabres are such a fan favorite in Rochester and News10NBC is excited to provide this coverage during such a crucial time in the season. We appreciate the opportunity to work with both the Sabres and MSG.”
In an effort to provide Sabres fans with the opportunity to view as many games as possible in spite of this dispute, MSG has hosted numerous viewing parties in the Buffalo area since January. These have taken place in various sports bars, as well as the Niagara Center and included free food, team merchandise giveaways, and ticket giveaways. MSG continues to urge Time Warner Cable subscribers to switch TV providers, and there will be information and special offers during the telecast that will alert fans on how to switch providers. Also, fans can learn how switch by visiting www.keepmysabres.com or calling 888-sabres3 (722-7373). Time Warner Cable customers could miss out on MSG’s exclusive coverage of the Sabres and Knicks for the remainder of the season unless a deal is reached.
About MSG Media
MSG Media is a leader in production and content development for multiple distribution platforms, including content originating from MSG’s venues. MSG Media consists of the MSG Networks (MSG, MSG Plus, MSG HD and MSG Plus HD) regional sports networks and the Fuse Networks (Fuse and Fuse HD), a national television network dedicated to music. MSG Media is also responsible for managing interactive initiatives (online, mobile, VOD and iTV) across all business segments. MSG Media is part of The Madison Square Garden Company, a fully-integrated sports, media and entertainment business. The Company is comprised of three business segments: MSG Sports, MSG Media and MSG Entertainment, which are strategically aligned to work together to drive the Company’s overall business, which is built on a foundation of iconic venues and compelling content that the Company creates, produces, presents and/or distributes through its programming networks and other media assets.
MSG Sports consists of owning and operating sports franchises, including the New York Knicks (NBA), the New York Rangers (NHL), the New York Liberty (WNBA), and the Connecticut Whale (AHL). MSG Sports also features the presentation of a wide variety of live sporting events including professional boxing, college basketball, track and field and tennis. MSG Entertainment creates, produces and/or presents a variety of live productions, including the Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the Radio City Rockettes. MSG Entertainment also presents or hosts other live entertainment events such as concerts, family shows and special events in the Company's diverse collection of venues. These venues include Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, the Theater at Madison Square Garden, the Beacon Theatre, the Chicago Theatre and the Wang Theatre. More information is available at www.themadisonsquaregardencompany.com.