The channel is named after the Madison Square Garden sports and entertainment venue in Midtown Manhattanhome of the Knicks and Rangers. As a result, it became the first regional sports network in North America, and one of the first of its kind in the world. The channel, which at the time did not even have a name, was carried by Manhattan Cable Television under a one-year, event deal that was ed in May This initially unnamed network was distributed nationally and later became known as the Madison Square Garden Sports Network.
Around the same time, a separate network was created by the Madison Square Garden Corp. These events were in addition to the already being produced for the national distribution.
In DecemberMSG What channel is msg on optimum became the first cable network to secure all local television rights to a Major League Baseball team's game, ing a year deal with the New York Yankees that would give it exclusive rights to games per season from through On October 5,MSG underwent an extensive rebrand with the introduction of a new logo and graphics package, and the removal of the word "Network" from the channel's promotions. Since the rebrand, the channel has incorporated more entertainment-oriented programming, including concerts and professional boxing and wrestling cards that have taken place at Madison Square Garden or Radio City Music Hall both operated by MSG Entertainment.
MSG controlling owner James L. Dolan began exploring a sale of the network in April The network also broadcast nightly highlights of races held at tracks sanctioned by the New York Racing Associationas well as a weekly magazine show; live races normally graded stakes races also air on select Saturday afternoons. It also runs extended highlights from concerts held at MSG or other venues owned by the Dolan family through the Cablevision Systems Corporation, along with other shows focused on New York musicians — which are frequently used as filler programming in blackout zones; as well as movies — generally sports-related, in addition to some Hollywood blockbusters and several New York sports-related fiction or documentary programs that were originally broadcast on ESPN, which are most commonly seen during the summer NHL and NBA offseason.
The Pac, Big 12 and ACC telecasts are carried though Fox Sports Networks which maintains national broadcast rights to all three conferenceswhile the other games are either produced by the conferences themselves or through ESPN Plus.
John's University. John's basketball games played at Madison Square Garden. MSG, NYa daily sports highlights and entertainment program which served as the network's flagship program, debuted in October Aired numerous times during the day, the program originated as the sports-focused MSG Sportsdeskuntil a format change that occurred as part of MSG's rebranding and reformatting in which sporting events remain the primary focus while a secondary focus was placed on all events at Madison Square Garden.
The show however, gave expanded coverage to area sports teams that the channel holds game telecast rights; other New York City area teams were covered on the program, usually to a lesser extent. Along with coverage of Garden-related entertainment news, this was intended to prevent direct competition with SportsNite on SportsNet New York.
The program originally aired as a half-hour broadcast on Tuesday through Saturdays with no editions on Sundays and Mondays, possibly as they were considered "low-viewership nights"before expanding to an hour-long nightly broadcast inbased on improved ratings over its predecessor Sportsdesk.
The show was cancelled in Januarydue to the declining ratings; in its place, MSG usually offers team-specific post-game shows. These include:. Mets games moved to SportsNet New Yorka regional sports network that is partially owned by the team Comcast and Spectrumwhich generally provide cable service to certain parts of the New York City metropolitan area — and in Spectrum's case, most of upstate New York — not served by Cablevision, or the other partnersafter the season ; although, WPIX retained rights to a reduced slate of games.
Rangers, Devils and Islanders games are blacked out in the primary broadcast territory of the Buffalo Sabres — the Buffalo, Rochester and Albany Capital District television markets. However, Knicks games are broadcast on a temporary alternate channel when there is a conflict with the Sabres — except in Chautauqua Countypart of which is within miles km of Clevelandin the market area of the Cleveland Cavalierswhich broadcast rights with Bally Sports Ohio as per NBA rules, only games from that team are receivable in that area.
The Knicks are also subject to blackout rules in the easternmost areas of Connecticut, within miles km of Boston. However, Knicks games are not blacked out in favor of the Toronto Raptors in most of Erie including Buffalo and Niagara Counties, a territory located within the mile km radius of Toronto.
This is most likely because the Raptors' exclusive territory ends at the U. MSG's website lists which games are subject to blackout, and where, with each region deated as a "zone". The presence of Sabres games in the Utica and Albany market led to some controversy, because most cable systems in that market that were not served by Adelphia had not carried the Empire Sports Network for several years, and the fanbase for the Sabres is widely thought to be smaller than that of the New York City-area teams and even Boston-area teams, as What channel is msg on optimum channel 38 served the region for several years before each upstate market received their own local affiliates of now-defunct networks UPN and The WB.
MSG was dropped from Dish Network due to a contract dispute in October ; the dispute remains unresolved. Any sports event to which MSG holds the broadcast rights could air on either channel.
If more than two of the four local teams it carries are playing at the same time, MSG normally goes to the Knicks — the highest-rated property on the channel — except for instances when that night's game is scheduled for a late start time, in which case a Rangers game will air instead.
In all other cases, Rangers games are broadcast on MSG2.
If any teams are out of playoff contention, MSG will sometimes switch the order of priority among its teams. For several years in the s when Cablevision had the rights to seven professional sports teams, an MSG3 overflow feed was occasionally used.
In order to help alleviate confusion, MSG directs viewers to a special website. The Sabres, through its broadcast arm, the Sabres Hockey Networkcontrol the entire broadcast, including the sale of advertising, and pre- and post-game programming. The feed is carried in place of MSG's main network within the Sabres' television market of Upstate New York defined as virtually all of the state outside the New York City television market. In addition to coverage of Sabres games, the feed also carries Pegula-produced studio programming dedicated to the Sabres and their sister NFL team, the Buffalo Bills.
From the fall of until the spring ofCablevision chose not to launch an additional MSG2 channel, instead placing games on its MSG Metro Channelswhich were only available in a limited coverage footprint. During this period, when two of the teams that the MSG channels maintained game broadcast rights to played against one another, only one broadcast would usually be produced using one of the team's announcing staffs this was either due to MSG's television contracts or a desire to show a different sporting event at the same time.
With the discontinuation of Metro, and the loss of the New Jersey Nets from the network's winter lineup, the MSG channels now produce two broadcasts when two of the area teams with broadcast rights held by the network are playing against each other. Sincethe channel now has gone back to producing a single unified broadcast, though it will use two sets of commentators particularly for Buffalo, where the Sabres' radio announcers are simply dubbed over the MSG broadcast when they play the Rangers, Islanders or Devils.
Because the network was once owned by Cablevision and remains under common control by the Dolan family to this dayMSG fought attempts by the telco providers to carry it despite the ificant rights fees it could collect from carriage deals with those services. This was a one time broadcast and MSG elected not to produce any more telecasts.
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