Strange tactic in cable dispute; 10th game lost Fri.

January, 20, 2012
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Time Warner Cable and Madison Square Garden are engaged in a cable dispute that's cost fans the opportunity to watch Knicks games scheduled for telecast on MSG.

Rangers, Islanders, Devils and Sabres games are also unavailable to Time Warner Cable subscribers. They've been blacked out since Jan. 1.

To show their support for the fans, Time Warner Cable employees working at the company's customer service centers are wearing Knicks jerseys.

It's a strange way to show that the company supports the fans, consider they are part of the problem. [According to a witness, one was wearing a Chauncey Billups jersey; Billups was amnestied by the Knicks prior to the regular season.]

Of course, Madison Square Garden is to blame as well. The sides aren't currently engaged in negotiations and there are no plans for them to return to the table.

The bottom line? The fans are the losers here.

Friday night's game against Milwaukee will be the 10th game blacked out due to the dispute.

Knicks fans have options: they can switch cable providers or attend MSG's viewing parties for Knicks games. Unfortunately for Time Warner Cable customers hoping to watch from home, five of the next six games will not be available locally. Time Warner Cable has not offered patrons any reimbursements for missed games.

Here is a list of nationally-televised games remaining on the schedule (subject to change):

1/27 at Miami, 8 p.m., ESPN

2/2 vs. Chicago, 8 p.m., TNT

2/3 at Boston, 8 p.m., ESPN

2/10 vs. LAL, 8 p.m, ESPN

2/17 vs. New Orleans, 8 p.m., ESPN

2/19 vs. Dallas, 1 p.m., ABC

2/23 at Miami, 7 p.m., TNT

3/4 at Boston, 1 p.m., ABC

3/12 at Chicago, 7 p.m., ESPN

3/21 at Philadelphia, 7 p.m., ESPN

3/28 vs. Orlando, 7 p.m., ESPN

4/5 at Orlando, 7 p.m., TNT

4/8 vs. Chicago, 1 p.m., ABC

4/10 at Chicago, 8:30 p.m., ESPN

4/17 vs. Boston, 8 p.m., TNT

4/22 at Atlanta, 1 p.m., ESPN

4/25 vs. LAC, 8 p.m., ESPN

4/26 at Charlotte, 8 p.m., TNT

Note: Games scheduled for NBA TV are not available locally. For details on the dispute, click here.

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