Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Woody Woodpecker on SNY

Special of Woody Woodpecker Part 40. SportsNet New York (SNY) is a New York City-based regional sports cable network which airs in the New York metro area and all of New York state, and nationwide via satellite. It is owned jointly by the New York Mets, Time Warner Cable, and Comcast. Its primary programming is Mets and Big East Conference games, as well as supporting coverage of the Mets and the New York Jets. SNY was created in an effort for the New York Mets to better leverage their broadcasting rights, which were previously held by Cablevision on their MSG Network and FSN New York (Now MSG Plus) networks. From 1998 to 2002, Cablevision had a monopoly on all local professional sports franchises in the New York City market, participating in many unfair business practices like moving games to their MSG Metro Channels with limited distribution. In 2002, the New York Yankees and New Jersey Nets broke the monopoly by starting the YES Network for their games, leaving the Mets in the Cablevision fold until their contract expired in 2005. After discussions with potential broadcast partners including Cablevision and YES, the Mets decided to partner with cable providers Time Warner and Comcast to launch their own network in 2006. Unlike the Yankees, who brought the New Jersey Nets with them to YES, the Mets could not find a winter pro team to take up time during their offseason, because the New York Rangers and New York Knicks are owned by Cablevision, and the New York Islanders ...
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