Thousands Cheer Sabres at Watch Party Downtown

January 7, 2012 Updated Nov 6, 2013 at 10:21 AM EDT

By Allen Leight

January 7, 2012 Updated Nov 6, 2013 at 10:21 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Countless Western New York hockey fans remain blacked-out to Sabres games while Time Warner Cable and MSG Networks battle to work-out an agreement for the sports programming.

Those fans were given the opportunity to enjoy the game on the large monitors inside the First Niagara Center at a special watch party.

Well over 4,000 filled the lower bowl of the First Niagara Center, enjoying half-off concessions and in-game promotions, giving fans and families a real game-like experience.

"It's a wonderful upside to this unfortunate situation we're in. We try and take adversity and overcome it and I think it's a great example of that tonight and the fact the fans are responding the way they are," said Sabres President Ted Black.

Meanwhile the stalemate between Time Warner and MSG may begin to move forward soon as New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman looks to get involved.

In a statement released Friday, Schneiderman said:

"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."

Regardless of when or if the two sides make an agreement, Sabres management says 'Watch Parties' like the one held Friday, may be something that could become a Sabres tradition moving forward.