BUFFALO, NY ( WKBW ) While the Buffalo Sabres opened up the First Niagara Center for Sabres fans to watch the Friday night game against the Hurricanes, the New York State Attorney General is working to end the dispute between MSG and Time Warner Cable.
In a statement obtained by Eyewitness News, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman notes, "We have had constructive discussions with Time Warner Cable and MSG Networks as part of an ongoing effort to facilitate progress in their talks We are hopeful that the two parties will come to an agreement in short order so that Sabres, Rangers, and Knicks games are available to subscribing New Yorkers as soon as possible."
The cable carrier and sports network are at financial odds over carriage of the sports programming MSG produces. The Madison Square Garden Network was recently dropped from Time Warner Cable systems across New York State.
In the simplest terms, MSG is asking for more money from Time Warner Cable. TWC is not willing to pay an increased amount.
Joli Plucknette-Farmen, Communications Manager for TWC told Eyewitness News, "We're eager to resume negotiations for a reasonable price for their programming on behalf of our customers so they can watch the Sabres and other programming that they enjoy "
MSG states, “We appreciate the Attorney General’s offer to meet with us to discuss our dispute with Time Warner Cable and we look forward to meeting with him.”
Dan Ronayne, Executive VP, MSG Networks told Eyewitness News earlier in the week, "What we are seeking is only that Time Warner recognize the value of our content the same as other TV providers. We're only looking for a fair market deal."
Eyewitness News will continue to follow developments in this dispute.