2005-05-13 / Sports

Mets Make Comeback To Time Warner TV

By Elio Velez

For Mets fans that missed Pedro Martinez and the new Mets on Time Warner Cable, the Amazins’ have once again appeared on the airwaves.

Attorney General Eliot Spitzer helped to broker a deal last Monday between Time Warner and Cablevision which returns the New York Mets to Fox Sports New York and the Madison Square Garden Network.

The blackout has occurred since late March, which resulted in close to 30 preseason and regular season games that were not aired.

Time Warner refused to pay the increased fees that Cablevision wanted for their FSN and MSG networks. College Sports Television and NBA TV replaced those channels for a period of time.

Politicians threatened both sides in the past few weeks with legal action that could have hastened a deal. Though FSN and MSG returns, the Metro Channel will not be shown on Time Warner’s cable packages.

Even as Time Warner publicly stated its commitment not to hike fees, customers may yet see an increase in their cable bill next season. The Mets’ deal with Cablevision ends in December of 2005 and will form a new network with Time Warner and Comcast. 125 Mets games and other sports will be shown in 2006 and the cost to create a new network may be passed on to the viewer.

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