Sabres Fans Make It a 'Night Out' for the Game

January 4, 2012 Updated Jan 4, 2012 at 9:24 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By By Jaclyn Asztalos

January 4, 2012 Updated Jan 4, 2012 at 9:24 AM EDT

Clarence, N.Y. (WKBW) - The Sabres had 4 to 3 win over the Edmonton Oilers Tuesday night, but Time Warner Cable subscribers were not able to watch that game because of the cable giant's dispute with MSG.

MSG is the sport's network that carries the Sabres. It has been a long conflict that officials say is not close to being settled.

In the meantime, MSG invited those Time Warner customers, who were going to miss out on the game, to Tully's Restaurant to Clarence to watch the home team on their satellite.

There was an overwhelming crowd that showed up for the game. Many people said it is unreasonable that they can't watch their hometown team on television, especially when they are paying hefty cable bills each month. Some said they might find another option.

"It might help put revenue in local bars if me and my friends come out to the bars, hang up and have a good time. I may switch," Sabres Fan Frankie DeCarlo said.

MSG representative Dan Ronayne had this to say.

"We are asking Time Warner Cable to recognize the value of our programming and the value of our channels the same as every TV provider, no more and no less," Ronayne said.

In a statement, Time Warner also responded to the situation.

"We've given them multiple proposals, but at this time, they're not actively engaged in anything other than a public battle.

In the month of January, the Sabres will play nine of their 12 games away so fans can only attend three games at home. The other games that they would normally watch on TV will be blacked out unless they switch cable provider.