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Cable fight threatens NLCS; World Series in Philly and New York

Oct 13, 2010, 4:06 PM EDT

There’s a re-transmission rights fight going on between FOX and Cablevision that could put the NLCS and the World Series in peril for New York and Philly Cablevision subscribers:

Fox and Cablevision ramped up the war of words behind their retransmission battle Tuesday. Both
sides dug their heels in, as it began to look less likely that a deal
could be hammered out by midnight Saturday morning — when the cable
operator’s deal to carry WNYW and WWOR in New York and WTXF in
Philadelphia (as well as select News Corp.-owned cable networks) is set
to expire.

This has become a quite familiar story. Network wants $X per subscriber to allow the cable company to carry the station, cable company wants to pay something less than $X. Most of the time the stuff gets worked out before the big game, whatever it is.

But if not: hey, you got some old rabbit ears in the hall closet, your friend has a satellite dish and there’s a bar down the street, right?

  1. Jonny5 - Oct 13, 2010 at 4:20 PM

    Ohhh, this is rich….. I will dump cable in a half second if there is a blackout. Are you listening Comcast??? You fudging rip off artists!!! I will dump your azzes!!! for good!!! Ok, I think I got that out of my system…

  2. Utley's hair - Oct 13, 2010 at 4:22 PM

    Such language, Sparky. But at least you wouldn’t have to listen to Joe Buck.

  3. Mr. Heyward - Oct 13, 2010 at 4:25 PM

    My name is Buck and I like to _______.

  4. Simon DelMonte - Oct 13, 2010 at 4:26 PM

    Old rabbit ears won’t do it anymore. You need an HD converter.
    That said, I don’t have cable. This is one reason why. And while I can watch less and less for free, I can also watch more and more on the Internet for better prices and with less angst. Also, I love baseball on the radio (provided it’s not John Sterling).

  5. ThatGuy - Oct 13, 2010 at 4:28 PM

    Same thing is happening in Minnesota at the moment, Dish Network and Fox Sports are in a contract dispute, thus no Fox Sports on Dish until they get it resolved. Fox Sports carries all the local sports, with the exception of the Vikings. Thus no Twins, Wild or Timberwolves for Dish customers. Apparently their is a good chance they could lose the local Fox channel that carries the NFL Vikings games on November 1st. If this is prolonged, Dish could lose a lot of sports fans as customers…

  6. Jonny5 - Oct 13, 2010 at 4:32 PM

    upchuck? suck? It has to be suck, he does that.

  7. Utley's hair - Oct 13, 2010 at 4:36 PM

    “I came to help restore your pluck, ’cause I’m the nurse who likes to….”

  8. Utley's hair - Oct 13, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    So there goes rabbit ears and satellite. Any other ideas, Craig?

  9. Utley's hair - Oct 13, 2010 at 4:38 PM

    Cluck? Duck?

  10. FlyEaglesFly - Oct 13, 2010 at 4:39 PM

    …strike out in the postseason.

  11. birdmancometh - Oct 13, 2010 at 4:41 PM

    They deserve any language you dish out.

  12. Jonny5 - Oct 13, 2010 at 4:42 PM

    What about Hijacking the Conan blimp? That would have to be totally cool. We could park it right by the big liberty bell in the OF.

  13. Utley's hair - Oct 13, 2010 at 4:46 PM

    Can’t do it. That’ll be in Arlington covering the Skankees-Walkers series.

  14. Mason - Oct 13, 2010 at 4:52 PM

    No need for converter box if you’ve got a hi-def TV. I’m rockin’ the bunny ears.
    There’s always the good ol’ mute button for Mr. Slam-a-Lama Ding-dong.

  15. Mr. Heyward - Oct 13, 2010 at 5:05 PM

    The old rabbit ears connected to my HDTV (converter in the tv) tell me different.

  16. Mr. Heyward - Oct 13, 2010 at 5:06 PM

    [Insert Chuck Norris joke here]

  17. dean.collins - Oct 13, 2010 at 5:12 PM

    This doesn’t affect Time Warner right? It’s just for cablevision?

  18. Utley's hair - Oct 13, 2010 at 5:24 PM

    Chuck…Buck…sounds like you have something on your mind.

  19. lardin - Oct 13, 2010 at 5:49 PM

    Its not Comcast, Its Cablevision. This garbage goes on all the time especially before big Yankees games? Who owns Cablevision? The Dolans. Who owns Madison Square Garden? The Dolans. Who lost a boat load of money when the YES Network debuted? The Dolans. Who tried numerous times to buy the Yankees and failed? You guessed it, the Dolans. The is the Dolan’s way of holding Fox hostage, and if they dont show the Yankees in the Playoffs, well, they dont really care…
    Comcast will not be affected

  20. Rose Cablevision - Oct 13, 2010 at 6:39 PM

    Cablevision already pays News Corp $70 million per year for programming – and now, News Corp is demanding more than double for the exact same channels.
    News Corp should stop holding sports fans hostage with threats to pull the plug on the NFL, baseball’s National League Championship Series and the World Series unless we agree to their outrageous demands.

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