MSG Network

The MSG Network (MSG) is an American regional cable and satellite television network, and radio service owned by MSG Networks, Inc.—a spin-off of the main Madison Square Garden Company operation (itself a spin-off of local cable provider Cablevision).

Primarily serving the Mid-Atlantic United States, its programming focuses on events featuring and other programs about New York City sports teams, including live game broadcasts of the New York Knicks, New York Rangers, New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils and New York Red Bulls. The channel is named after the Madison Square Garden sports and entertainment venue in Midtown Manhattan.

MSG Network
MSG Network logo
LaunchedOctober 15, 1969
September 22, 1977
Owned byMSG Networks Inc.
NYSEMSGN (Class A)
Russell 2000 Component
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
SloganUnited We Watch
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Broadcast areaNationwide
(primarily serves the New York City metropolitan area)
HeadquartersPennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY 10001
Formerly calledMadison Square Garden Network (1980–1991)
ReplacedEmpire Sports Network
(Western New York only)
Sister channel(s)MSG Western New York
MSG 2
MSG Plus
MSG Plus 2
MSG Deportes
MSG Deportes 2
Websitewww.msgnetworks.com
Availability
(some events may air on overflow feed MSG 2 due to event conflicts)
Satellite
DirecTV634 (HD/SD)
MSG 2:
635-3 (HD/SD)
MSG Western New York (Buffalo Sabres games and select Buffalo Bills and Sabres programming only):
635-1 (HD/SD)
Dish NetworkTBA
Verizon FiOS77 or 78 (SD)
577 or 578 (HD)
MSG 2: (New York City)
579 (HD)
79 (SD)
Streaming media
FuboTVInternet Protocol television
DirecTV NowInternet Protocol television

History

What would become MSG debuted on October 15, 1969, with an NHL hockey game between the New York Rangers and the Minnesota North Stars. 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, 125-event deal that was signed in May 1969. At the time, the cable provider, which had televised New York Knickerbockers (currently known as the New York Knicks) and Rangers post-season games the previous spring for a $25,000 rights fee, had only 13,000 subscribers.[1] (The channel's coverage of the deciding game of the 1970 NBA Finals, in which the Knicks beat the Los Angeles Lakers, was the only live broadcast of the game shown in New York City; WABC-TV blacked out ABC's telecast.) Madison Square Garden renewed the deal with what was now Sterling Manhattan Cable Television in the fall of 1970, in a five-year deal at an estimated rights fee of $1–1.5 million. Charles Dolan, who later headed MSG and Cablevision, was the president of Sterling Manhattan at the time.[2]

Games held at Madison Square Garden later appeared on premium cable network Home Box Office (HBO) during the network's early years. On September 22, 1977 the current channel debuted as UA-Columbia/MSG and was later sold to Gulf+Western, along with its namesake sports arena; the company would rename itself to Paramount Communications (after sister companies Paramount Pictures and Paramount Television) in 1989. By 1978, the first mentions of the "temporarily named" Madison Square Garden Network appeared in print advertising.[3]

On April 9, 1980, the channel began using both the full name "Madison Square Garden Network" and its new abbreviated form "MSG Network". In December, 1988 MSG Network became the first cable network to secure all local television rights to a Major League Baseball team's game, signing a 12-year deal with the New York Yankees that would give it exclusive rights to 150 games per season from 1991 through 2000. Sources placed the value of the agreement at approximately $500 million.[4] By the early 1990s, the channel's name became MSG full-time. In 1994, Paramount Communications was acquired by Viacom (itself a cable giant, having once owned various cable systems in the U.S. under the Viacom Cablevision banner and also owner of MTV Networks), which in turn sold the MSG properties to Cablevision and ITT Corporation, which each held a 50% ownership stake; ITT would sell its share to Cablevision three years later.

On October 5, 2006, 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). (Full length broadcasts of Madison Square Garden WWWF/WWF wrestling shows had already been previously screened by the MSG Network since the 1970s.) In February 2010, Cablevision spun off MSG Network, the Madison Square Garden venue and other related properties into The Madison Square Garden Company.

In September 2015, the MSG Networks division and the sports ownership and entertainment arms were spun off into two separate companies.[5][6] The Madison Square Garden Company spun off the sports and entertainment properties into a new company and then renamed itself to MSG Networks, Inc.; the spun off sports and entertainment operations became the new incarnation of “The Madison Square Garden Company”.[7]

MSG controlling owner James L. Dolan began exploring a sale of the network in April 2017.[8]

Programming

Among other teams, it has long produced radio and television broadcasts of the NBA's New York Knicks, the NHL's New York Rangers and the WNBA's New York Liberty, which play their home games at the Garden. Upon its launch in 2014, MSG also became the television home of the Westchester Knicks, the New York Knicks' farm club in the NBA Development League.

MSG also holds television rights to MLS's New York Red Bulls (which play at Red Bull Arena) and, beginning in 2017, the NASL's New York Cosmos. In 2010, MSG began broadcasting exclusive content from the NFL's New York Giants.[9] Buffalo Bills content was added in 2016.

MSG also owns the television rights to the NHL's Buffalo Sabres, New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders. Islanders and Devils games air on MSG Plus, while Sabres games air on MSG Western New York in Western New York and are split between MSG and MSG Plus in the rest of upstate New York.

The network also broadcast nightly highlights of races held at tracks sanctioned by the New York Racing Association, as well as a weekly magazine show; live races (normally graded stakes races) also air on select Saturday afternoons. MSG Network broadcasts soccer events from the Premier League (since 2002, consisting of game rebroadcasts from Fox Soccer and later Fox Soccer Plus and a weekly highlight program) and the UEFA Champions League (since 2009, with a live game each Tuesday of competition, produced by Fox Soccer Plus, with a second game originally aired on Fox Soccer Plus also rebroadcast on MSG or MSG Plus).

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.

During the period of time in which sister station MSG Plus was a primary affiliate of Fox Sports Net, MSG also acted as a secondary FSN affiliate, airing Fox Sports-produced programming in certain timeslots (such as the National Sports Report) and contributing footage to FSN shows. This ceased when the FSN branding was removed and FSN New York became MSG Plus, and FSN programming has since been split between MSG Plus and the YES Network (as Fox took a stake in YES in 2012).

Collegiate sports

MSG and MSG Plus also broadcast basketball games from the Metro Atlantic Athletic, Northeast, America East and Atlantic Coast Conferences; football games from the Southeastern Conference; and football and basketball games from the Pac-10 and Big 12 Conferences (with basketball games from the latter exclusive to women's teams). The Pac-10, Big 12 and ACC telecasts are carried though Fox Sports Networks (which maintains national broadcast rights to all three conferences), while the other games are either produced by the conferences themselves or through ESPN Plus. Additionally, MSG offers locally produced games from Hofstra University and other area colleges.

MSG formerly carried games from the Big East Conference, along with the coaches shows for Rutgers and St. John's University. In July 2008, the Big East and SportsNet New York announced a multi-year deal which gave SNY exclusive regional rights to Big East coaches shows and ESPN Plus-produced games.[10] However, MSG retains rights to a reduced schedule of Big East games, including any St. John's basketball games played at Madison Square Garden.

Original programming

MSG, NY

MSG, NY, a daily sports highlights and entertainment program which served as the network's flagship program, debuted in October 2006. Aired numerous times during the day, the program originated as the sports-focused MSG Sportsdesk, until a format change that occurred as part of MSG's 2006 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. MSG, NY was taped inside a street-level studio, with a window overlooking Madison Square Garden across the street. 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 in 2008, based on improved ratings over its predecessor Sportsdesk.[11] The studio is also used by SiTV Media Fuse. The show was cancelled in January 2009, due to the declining ratings; in its place, MSG usually offers team-specific post-game shows.

Archival programs

  • The 50 Greatest Moments at Madison Square Garden – debuted in October 2006, the program looks at the historic sports and non-sports-related events that have been held at Madison Square Garden.
  • MSG Originals – a series of programs expanding on 50 Greatest Moments to further discuss the history of Madison Square Garden, that debuted in 2007. Topics include Mecca of Boxing and Spring of 1994.
  • MSG Vault – a series that debuted in 2006, featuring classic Knicks and Rangers games (among other events held at the Garden) from previous decades. In some cases, MSG no longer has complete tapes of the games, and so the content often consists of highlights; more recent episodes have seen Rangers and Knicks related content not originally produced by the channel. In launching MSG Vault, MSG indicated that it has over 90,000 tapes of Garden events in its archive. As noted, some tapes prior to the 1990s are incomplete (parts of events may have been taped over or erased). Hosted by Al Trautwig, "The Vault" remains one of MSG's most popular programs, with a cult-like following of viewers from all ages. Trautwig, along with a usual guest that pertains to the theme of the program, often describes the story about how the footage was found and other interesting info.[12] Buffalo Sabres archival content is occasionally broadcast, but less often and is shown as a separate program, generally hosted by Kevin Sylvester.
  • WWE MSG Classics – debuted in 2006, it airs WWE Classic matches that have been held at Madison Square Garden, hosted by "Mean Gene" Okerlund.
  • TXT MSG – a series highlighting classic sports events from MSG's library that debuted in 2010, which are reviewed in the style of Pop Up Video.
  • 30 for 30 – Reruns of the ESPN Films series.

Basketball

  • Inside the Knicks – a weekly Knicks magazine show that debuted in 2005.
  • SummerBall – debuted in 2006, a series that highlights the major summer basketball leagues in New York City, featuring Hoops in the Sun at Orchard Beach, Dyckman and the Uptowners Basketball League, and especially the EBC at Rucker Park; hosted by Michael Bivins.
  • Friday Night Knicks – special Friday night New York Knicks games.

Football

  • Giants Opening Drive Live – a preview show hosted by Harry Carson and Anita Marks.
  • Giants Game Day – a pregame show hosted by Bob Papa.
  • Giants Chronicles – a 30-minute taped program that offers an in-depth look at the career of a Giants legend, hosted by Bob Papa.
  • Coach's Press Conference – a weekly press conference with the Giants head coach.

Hockey

  • Inside the Rangers – a weekly Rangers magazine show that debuted in 2006.
  • Islanders Illustrated – a monthly Islanders magazine show (2008–2009)
  • Hockey Night Live! – a week-in-review show focusing on the Rangers; Islanders; Devils and Sabres that originally debuted in 2005 as Hockey Night New York Live, and was renamed to its current title in 2007, airing on Saturday nights during the NHL season. Al Trautwig is the primary host, with Ron Duguay, Mike Keenan, Stan Fischler, Dave Maloney, Ken Daneyko, Butch Goring, Steve Valiquette and John MacLean among the analysts.
  • Beyond Blue & Gold — a periodical Sabres magazine show that debuted in 2013[13]

High school sports

  • High School Weekly – one of MSG's longest-running shows, focusing on high school football and basketball games from around the region, hosted by Mike Quick. Many NFL, NBA and WNBA athletes have appeared on the show during their high school days.
  • High School Game of the Week – a weekly tape delayed broadcast of a high school football, basketball or lacrosse game from various parts of the New York City metropolitan area; the games typically feature schools from the suburbs (where MSG's sister company and former parent, Cablevision, serves as the dominant cable provider), or private schools in New York City proper. Selected games air live, such as the annual PSAL basketball championship at MSG, and occasional holiday football or basketball rivalry games. MSG Western New York also carries a high school game of the week, under its own brand High School Coverage focusing solely on the Monsignor Martin Athletic Association.
  • The LAX Report – a local high school lacrosse show similar to High School Weekly that debuted in 2006, and is hosted by Mike Quick.

Online programming

MSG's website, MSGNetworks.com, has offered exclusive podcast programming since 2006. These include:

  • This Week in Hockey – debuted in 2006, it features guests from around the NHL and from MSG Networks, including Stan Fischler, Joe Micheletti, and a fantasy hockey perspective provided by the RinkRat.
  • Batt'r Up! – debuted in 2006, it is a weekly baseball podcast hosted by Matt Loughlin and longtime baseball analyst Fran Healy, with guests from around Major League Baseball, and fantasy advice from The Knuckler. New York Post columnist and MSG baseball analyst Joel Sherman also contributes to the program.
  • CenterCourt – debuted in 2006, is an all-basketball podcast hosted by Gus Johnson and featuring John Andariese and Walt "Clyde" Frazier. Johnson recaps NBA news and offers fantasy advice, while Frazier answers fan emails in a segment called "Dishin and Swishin" and Andariese tells basketball stories in the segment "Tall Tales". David Dominik hosts the "Three-Point Play" segment and conducts the "One-on-One" interviews with major NBA players.

Talk shows

  • Halls of Fame – hosted by Fran Healy, the program features interviews with famous players and coaches from a variety of sports.
  • The Game 365 – hosted by Fran Healy, the program features profiles and interviews of players and coaches with the backdrop of following each episode's guest around for a day in his/her athletic environment.
  • Boomer and Carton in the Morning – an in-studio simulcast of the morning radio show from New York City sports talk station WFAN (660 AM). This show has since moved to CBS Sports Network.
  • Hahn, Humpty & Canty – an in-studio simulcast of the midday radio show from New York City sports talk station WEPN-FM (98.7), hosted by Alan Hahn, Rick DiPietro and Chris Canty.
  • 4 Courses – a general entertainment, half-hour talk show hosted by J. B. Smoove.
  • The Mask – a general entertainment, half-hour talk show hosted by Henrik Lundqvist.
  • People Talking Sports* (*and Other Stuff) — a general entertainment, half-hour late-night talk show hosted by Brandon 'Scoop B' Robinson.[14][15]

Former sports rights

New York Yankees (1989–2001)

From 1989 to 2001, the channel held cable television rights to the New York Yankees Major League Baseball franchise. MSG paid an average of $55 million a year for the broadcast rights, a deal that is widely credited with starting a national trend towards greater team coverage on regional sports networks, with more games being broadcast than the programming schedules of broadcast television stations could usually permit due to other programming commitments. MSG also produced radio broadcasts of Yankees games from 1994 to 2001, which aired on WABC (770 AM). MSG also held the over-the-air broadcast rights to Yankee games, which it sold to longtime broadcaster, independent station (later a WB affiliate) WPIX channel 11 from 1989 to 1998 and Fox owned-and-operated station WNYW (channel 5) from 1999 to 2001. In 2002, the Yankees terminated their agreement with MSG to form its own regional sports network, YES Network.

New York Mets (2002–2005)

From 2002 to 2005, MSG held rights to Tuesday and Wednesday night games from the New York Mets, obtaining the rights from Fox Sports Net New York (MSG, Fox Sports New York and WPIX each carried about 50 games a season on consistent days of the week). Like the Yankees deal, MSG also maintained broadcast television rights, placing games on WWOR-TV (channel 9) before the games moved to WPIX in 1999.

Mets games moved to SportsNet New York, a regional sports network that is partially owned by the team (Comcast and Spectrum, which 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, are the other partners), after the 2005 season; although, WPIX retained rights to a reduced slate of games.

On-air staff

Current on-air staff

Hockey

Basketball

  • Kenny Albert – Knicks alternate play-by-play announcer
  • Mike Breen – Knicks play-by-play announcer
  • Swin Cash – Knicks studio analyst
  • Ed Cohen – Liberty play-by-play announcer
  • Walt "Clyde" Frazier – Knicks game color analyst
  • Alan Hahn – Knicks studio analyst
  • Rebecca Haarlow – Knicks sideline reporter
  • Jill Martin – Knicks sideline reporter; host of "New York Minute" halftime segment (home games only)
  • Wally Szczerbiak – Knicks studio analyst, alternate color analyst
  • Al Trautwig – Rangers and Knicks studio host; host of New York Hockey Night Live and Inside the Knicks
  • Julianne Viani – Liberty game color analyst

Soccer

  • Steve Cangialosi – Red Bulls play-by-play announcer
  • Shep Messing – Red Bulls color analyst
  • Michelle Gingras – Red Bulls sideline reporter and studio host; host of Red Bulls Insider
  • Kristian Dyer – Red Bulls insider and studio analyst
  • Jonathan Yardley – Red Bulls alternate play-by-play announcer and studio analyst

Baseball

  • Fran Healy – host of Halls of Fame and The Game 365

MSG Radio Network

  • Kenny Albert – Rangers primary play-by-play announcer
  • Brendan Brown – Knicks radio color analyst
  • Bill Daughtry – Knicks studio host
  • Don La Greca – Rangers studio host and fill-in Rangers play-by-play announcer
  • Dave Maloney – Rangers color analyst
  • Matt Harmon - Red Bulls play-by-play announcer
  • Steve Jolley - Red Bulls color analyst

Former on-air staff

Ken Singleton – Yankees color announcer (now with YES Network)

  • Kenny Smith – Knicks color analyst (2005-08, concurrent with his time with TNT) (now with TNT)
  • Tommy Smyth – Red Bulls color analyst (now with ESPN)
  • Kevin Sylvester – Sabres studio host
  • Jenna Wolfe – sports reporter (now moderator of "First Things First" on FS1)
  • Ethan Zohn – co-host of MSG Soccer Report

Broadcasters

New Jersey Devils on MSG

Season Network Play-by-Play Color analyst Ice level reporter Studio host Studio analyst
1999–2000 MSG Mike Emrick (main)
Matt Loughlin (alternate)
Chico Resch Matt Loughlin (main)

New York Rangers on MSG

Season Network Play-by-play Color Commentator Ice level reporter Studio host
1993–94 MSG (main)
MSG II (alternate)
Sam Rosen John Davidson Al Trautwig (main)
Bruce Beck (alternate)
Al Trautwig (main)
Bruce Beck (alternate)

Channel carriage and blackout restrictions

Upstate New York

MSG is available on most cable providers in Upstate New York. 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 County, part of which is within 100 miles (160 km) of Cleveland, in the market area of the Cleveland Cavaliers, which broadcast rights with Fox 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 eastern-most areas of Connecticut, within 100 miles (160 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 100-mile (160 km) radius of Toronto. This is most likely because the Raptors' exclusive territory ends at the U.S. border, although select games did air on the Empire Sports Network during its existence and CBC Sports programming is usually not blacked out by U.S. cable operators offering a CBC station.

All Sabres games as well as games featuring the Rangers, Islanders or Devils under certain conditions are viewable on MSG in most of upstate New York (notably Albany, Binghamton and Syracuse). A maximum of 50 to 60 games per team can be broadcast outside the New York City designated market area each season under current NHL rules; this also covers broadcasts in parts of the Hartford/New Haven and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre media markets. The exact number of games aired in outer markets varies each year, depending on that season's NBA and NHL schedules. MSG's website lists which games are subject to blackout, and where, with each region designated as a "zone". Outside Buffalo and Rochester, Knicks games always air on MSG, while MSG Plus carries the Sabres, should both play at the same time.

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 WSBK-TV (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).

Time Warner Cable (which holds a cable service near-monopoly in most of upstate New York) and Cablevision reached carriage deals with provisions that both MSG Plus and SportsNet New York be carried on analog basic tiers in most areas in the upstate region, although some subscribers only receive MSG Plus with a digital receiver. Those deals expired at the end of 2011.

Retransmission negotiations

MSG was dropped from Dish Network due to a contract dispute in October 2010; the dispute remains unresolved.[18] MSG was removed from Time Warner Cable at midnight on December 31, 2011 as the two companies could not agree on a new carriage contract; the network was restored on all TWC systems on February 17, 2012.[19] MSG HD was not available on Verizon FiOS until several months after a court order forced MSG to provide the network's HD feed to that provider.[20]

Alternate channels

Along with MSG and MSG Plus, MSG also operates secondary channels, MSG2 and MSG Plus 2, which mainly serve to assist in scheduling the many sporting events it carries. Select New York Islanders and New Jersey Devils games also air on MSG when both teams play concurrently, with one airing on MSG Plus, which along with MSG and its alternate channels are officially referred to as MSG Media. In turn, select Rangers games air on MSG Plus, when Knicks telecasts are shown on MSG and no live game is airing on MSG Plus at the same time. 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. Devils or Islanders games air on MSG Plus 2. If any teams are out of playoff contention, MSG will sometimes switch the order of priority among its teams.

In the cases of MSG2 and MSG Plus 2, the alternate channels vary. Many cable providers use TVGN to carry the overflow/alternate feed, while satellite providers use an alternate channel. In some cases, these channels are not available outside the New York City area; however, they are offered by DirecTV, Dish Network and Comcast. In order to help alleviate confusion, MSG directs viewers to a special website.

MSG Western New York

Following the collapse of Empire Sports Network and its parent, Adelphia, MSG also picked up rights to the Buffalo Sabres, and agreed to a 10-year contract in 2006. The Sabres, through its broadcast arm, the Sabres Hockey Network, control the entire broadcast, including the sale of advertising, and pre- and post-game programming.[21][22]

During the inaugural season, all regionally-televised Sabres games were available to viewers outside of the New York City area, falling within MSG's "Zone 3" (Buffalo and Rochester) and "Zone 2" (which encompasses the remainder of Upstate New York and is shared with the Devils, Islanders, and Rangers). In Zone 3, all Sabres games were shown on the main MSG channel, but some games aired in Zone 2 on MSG Plus (then known as FSN New York) instead.[23][24]

As part of a contract extension for the 2016-17 season, MSG entered into a joint venture with Terry and Kim Pegula's ownership group to create an expanded opt-out feed known as MSG Western New York over the former Zone 3. 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.[25]

Metro Channels

From the fall of 1998 until the spring of 2005, Cablevision chose not to launch an additional MSG2 channel, instead placing games on its MSG Metro Channels, which were only available in a limited coverage footprint. Sometimes, games were also carried by Riverheadlicensed WLNY-TV (channel 55). 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. Since 2009, the 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).

MSG HD

Msg hd

MSG HD is a high definition simulcast feed of MSG Network, which broadcasts in the 1080i resolution format, with the vast majority of content from MSG and Fox Sports Regional Networks broadcast in HD; as of 2017 only archived and paid programming is broadcast in standard definition. MSG HD is available nationally on DirecTV, Cablevision, Spectrum, Comcast, RCN, AT&T U-verse and Verizon FiOS.

On January 22, 2009, the NHL and MSG became involved in a contract dispute which has resulted in MSG HD and MSG+ HD's broadcasts being pulled from NHL's GameCenter Live service for viewers outside of the primary markets for the New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, New York Islanders and Buffalo Sabres,[26] with games presented in standard definition and upconverted to a stretched widescreen format. On March 17, 2010, beginning with the game between the New Jersey Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins, MSG HD and MSG+ HD broadcasts returned to NHL Center Ice (as confirmed by Gary Bettman during the NHL Hour broadcast).[27]

Since its launch, MSG Network had blocked Verizon and AT&T from carrying MSG HD on any terms through a controversial guideline imposed by the Federal Communications Commission (known as the "terrestrial exception"), that was implemented to encourage investments in local programming, which stated that television channels that do not transmit via satellite uplink – MSG HD's programming is distributed to cable television providers through a terrestrial infrastructure using only microwave and fiber optic relays – have the authority to decide which pay television providers (cable, satellite or telco) can have access to its programming. Because the network was once owned by Cablevision (and remains under common control by the Dolan family to this day), MSG fought attempts by the telco providers to carry it despite the significant rights fees it could collect from carriage deals with those services. On September 22, 2011, the FCC ordered MSG to negotiate with both Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-verse for carriage on each system. MSG and Cablevision used every appeal available to keep the HD channels from being carried by both distributors; however on December 14, 2011, a three-judge panel of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals denied Cablevision/MSG Holdings' petition for review. Verizon FiOS began carrying MSG HD and MSG+ HD on its New York City area systems the next day, and AT&T U-Verse began carrying the HD feeds on its Connecticut systems later that month.[28]

MSG 3D

On March 24, 2010, MSG Network launched a 3D feed, MSG 3D, available only to Cablevision subscribers in the New York City area on channel 1300; its inaugural broadcast was a game between the New York Rangers and the New York Islanders. This was a one time broadcast and MSG elected not to produce any more telecasts. Channel 1300 was eventually deleted from the system.

Radio division

The radio division of MSG, known as the Madison Square Garden (MSG) Radio Network, produces Knicks, Rangers and Red Bulls broadcasts for New York City ESPN Radio station WEPN-FM (98.7) and other radio stations across the region. Prior to the fall of 2004, MSG-produced Knicks, Rangers and MetroStars games aired on WFAN. The coordinating producer of MSG Radio is Frank Moretti.

MSG Network also presents certain game telecasts with a Spanish-language audio track, accessible through the second audio program feature on most television sets, through simulcasts from its radio partners; all Knicks home games and selected away games that are simulcast from WADO (1280 AM), while a Spanish-language track of Red Bulls and Rangers games are simulcast from ESPN Deportes Radio station WEPN (1050 AM).

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1993–94 New York Knicks season

The 1993–94 NBA season was the 48th season for the Knicks in the National Basketball Association in New York City. This marked the last season in which the Knicks (and all other MSG properties) were owned by Paramount Communications (formerly Gulf+Western), which was sold near the end of the season to Viacom, which in turn sold them to ITT Corporation and Cablevision. A couple of years later, ITT would sell their share to Cablevision, who still owns the Knicks today.

During the offseason, the Knicks signed free agent Anthony Bonner. The team got off to a fast start winning their first seven games. However, they would lose Doc Rivers for the remainder of the season to a knee injury after just 19 games. At midseason, the Knicks traded Tony Campbell to the Dallas Mavericks for Derek Harper to fill in the void left by Rivers. Despite the injuries, the Knicks had another successful season posting a 15-game winning streak late in the season, including a 14–0 record in March finishing first place in the Atlantic Division with a 57–25 record. The Knicks earned the #2 seed in the Eastern Conference. Three members of the team, Patrick Ewing, John Starks and Charles Oakley were all selected for the 1994 NBA All-Star Game.

In the first round of the playoffs, the Knicks defeated the New Jersey Nets in four games. In the semifinals, they faced the Chicago Bulls for the fourth straight year. Michael Jordan had retired prior to the season to pursue a baseball career, and the team was now led by Scottie Pippen. The Knicks would defeat the Bulls in a full seven game series to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals, where they then defeated Reggie Miller and the 5th-seeded Indiana Pacers in another full seven game series. The Knicks advanced to the 1994 NBA Finals, but would lose in seven games to the Houston Rockets after taking a 3–2 series lead. In the 1994 Playoffs, the Knicks set the record for most games allowing under 95 and under 100 points in one playoff run. Opponents were held to under 95 and 100 points in 23 and 24 games, respectively. Following the season, Rolando Blackman was released and then retired.

2010 Northeast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2010 Northeast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament took place March 4, 7, & 10, 2010 on campus sites. One semifinal game was televised on MSG Network, and the finals were seen on ESPN2. The winner, Robert Morris, receives the NEC's automatic berth in the 2010 NCAA Tournament. The #1 seed Quinnipiac will receive an automatic bid to the 2010 NIT as the regular season champions. This is Robert Morris's NEC leading 7th NEC Tournament Championship.

2011 Northeast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2011 Northeast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament took place March 3, 6, & 9, 2011 on campus sites. The semifinal games was televised on MSG Network, and the finals were on ESPN2. The winner, Long Island, received the NEC's automatic berth in the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

Al Trautwig

Alan ″Al″ Trautwig (born February 26, 1956) is a sports commentator with the MSG Network, ABC, NBC, NBC Sports Network, and USA Network. He does the pre-game and post-game shows for the New York Knicks and New York Rangers, as well as fill-in play-by-play for both teams.

Deb Placey

Deborah Kaufman Placey (born March 17, 1966) is an American sportscaster who currently co-hosts the television program, NHL Live, with EJ Hradek on the NHL Network, as well as The BlackBerry All-Access Pregame show on NHL.com. On September 6, 2018, MSG Network announced Placey was leaving the regional sports network to take a new on-air position with the NHL Network.Placey had previously served as a news anchor/reporter for the New Jersey Devils' televised games on MSG Plus and the MSG Network. Placey joined the New Jersey Devils in 2011 after 10 seasons as pre-game and intermission host for New York Islanders telecasts. Placey's earlier TV anchor work includes stops at WSIL-TV in Marion, Illinois, KWWL-TV in Waterloo, Iowa, WPRI-TV in Providence, Rhode Island and WSVN-TV in Miami, Florida.

Prior to joining MSG in the mid-1990s, Placey regularly appeared on ESPN2 at the time of ESPN2's infancy (October 1993) through mid-1995. From 2004 through 2005, Placey worked as a fill-in weekend sports anchor and reporter for WNBC-TV, the flagship NBC affiliate.

Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Deb Placey is married to Edward Placey, a senior coordinating producer at ESPN. The Placey's have two daughters, Madeline and Caroline, and a beagle named Lucky.

Fran Healy (baseball)

Francis Xavier Healy (born September 6, 1946), is a former Major League Baseball catcher best known for his long tenure calling television broadcasts for the New York Mets on the MSG Network and Fox Sports Net New York.

Hockey Night Live!

Hockey Night Live is an up-to-the-action sports talk show about NHL hockey broadcast on MSG Network. Its main host, Al Trautwig, is joined by a panel that includes Steve Valiquette, Ron Duguay, Dave Maloney, Butch Goring, John MacLean, and E.J. Hradek, with contributions from Stan Fischler and John Giannone. Bill Pidto serves as panel moderator and host when Trautwig is on assignment or unavailable.

The program primarily serves as an analysis program for the four NHL teams to which MSG holds broadcast rights: the Buffalo Sabres, New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils, and MSG-owned New York Rangers. Other hockey-related topics of broad importance are also occasionally discussed.

From its inception until February, 2016, the show was broadcast on Saturday nights following the night's local hockey action. Beginning February 4, 2016, the show transitioned to Thursday nights and will now be shown in the same approximate time slot following local action. It is now part of MSG Network's Thursday Night Hockey program.

James L. Dolan

James Lawrence Dolan (born May 11, 1955) is an American businessman who serves as executive chairman and CEO of The Madison Square Garden Company and executive chairman of MSG Networks. As the companies' chairman, Dolan oversees all operations within the company and also supervises day-to-day operations of its professional sports teams, the New York Knicks, New York Rangers, and New York Liberty, as well as their regional sports networks, which include MSG Network and MSG Plus. Dolan previously served as CEO of Cablevision until its sale in June 2016.

John Andariese

John Kenneth Andariese, nicknamed "Johnny Hoops" (August 19, 1938, Brooklyn, New York – March 13, 2017, West Palm Beach, Florida) was a beloved New York basketball analyst on both radio and television for more than 40 years. Andariese broadcast for the New York Knicks and announced some of the most memorable Knicks games ever played. He also is well known for hosting NBA Legends with Johnny Hoops on NBA TV.

List of Buffalo Sabres broadcasters

The following is a chronological history of all local broadcasters of the Buffalo Sabres. Since 1997, radio and television broadcast production has been largely consolidated into the Sabres Hockey Network unit.

List of New York Yankees broadcasters

As one of the most successful clubs in Major League Baseball, the New York Yankees are also one of its oldest teams. Part of that success derives to its radio and television broadcasts that have been running beginning in 1939 when the first radio transmissions were broadcast from the old stadium, and from 1947 when television broadcasts began. They have been one of the pioneer superstation broadcasts when WPIX became a national superstation in 1978 and were the first American League team to broadcast their games on cable, both first in 1978 and later on in 1979, when Sportschannel NY (now MSG Plus) began broadcasting Yankees games to cable subscribers. Today, the team can be heard and/or seen in its gameday broadcasts during the baseball season on:

TV: YES Network or WPIX channel 11 in New York

Radio: WFAN 660AM and WFAN-FM 101.9 FM in New York; New York Yankees Radio Network; WADO 1280 AM (Spanish) (Cadena Radio Yankees)Longest serving Yankee broadcasters (all-time with 10+ years)

Phil Rizzuto (40 yrs), John Sterling (31 yrs), Mel Allen (30 yrs), Michael Kay (28 yrs), Bobby Murcer (22 yrs), Ken Singleton (23 yrs), Frank Messer (18 yrs), Bill White (18 yrs), Suzyn Waldman (15 yrs), Red Barber (13 yrs), Jim Kaat (13 yrs), Al Trautwig (12 yrs)

MSG Plus

MSG Plus (visually branded on-air as MSG+) is an American regional sports network owned by MSG Networks; it operates as a sister channel to MSG Network. The network serves the New York City metropolitan area, whose reach expands to cover the entire state of New York, Northern New Jersey, Southwestern Connecticut and Northeastern Pennsylvania; MSG Plus carries sports events from several of the New York area's professional sports franchises, as well as college sports events.

MSG Western New York

MSG Western New York (MSG WNY) is an American regional sports network that is a joint venture between MSG Networks and Pegula Sports and Entertainment. The channel (also on occasion credited as Pegula Sports Network or MSG Buffalo) is a sub-feed of MSG Network, with programming oriented towards the Western New York region, including coverage of the National Hockey League's Buffalo Sabres and the National Football League's Buffalo Bills. It replaced MSG Network on television providers in the Sabres' media market in 2016.

MSG Western New York is available on cable providers throughout Western New York. Most programming is available nationwide on satellite via DirecTV, with Sabres games requiring an NHL Center Ice subscription for out of market viewers; select programs are carried in Canada's Niagara Peninsula on a special channel set up for Bell TV subscribers that was founded in 2013.

Madison Square Garden Company

The Madison Square Garden Company is an American sports and entertainment holding company based in New York City.

The original company was established in 2010 when Cablevision spun off the New York Knicks, New York Rangers, Madison Square Garden, MSG Network and other entertainment assets as an independent, publicly traded company.

In 2015, the original company spun off the sports entertainment division into a separate company and the original company was renamed to MSG Networks, Inc.; the new company took the name “The Madison Square Garden Company”.

Mike Breen

Michael Breen (born May 22, 1961) is an American play-by-play sports commentator for NBA on ABC and is the lead announcer for New York Knicks games on the MSG Network. Breen also calls NBA games for ESPN and was formerly a play-by-play announcer for the New York Giants' preseason games. Breen also called regular NFL season games for both NFL on Fox and NFL on NBC. Breen also regularly calls the NBA Finals on ABC.

Mike Keenan

Michael Edward Keenan (born October 21, 1949) is a Canadian professional hockey coach who most recently coached the Kunlun Red Star of the Kontinental Hockey League. Previously, he served as head coach and/or general manager with several NHL teams between 1984 and 2009. He has also worked as an analyst for the New York Rangers on MSG Network and as a hockey analyst for NBC Sports Network.

Keenan won a Stanley Cup championship as coach of the New York Rangers in 1994. He also won the Gagarin Cup while coaching Metallurg Magnitogorsk in 2014.

NBA on USA

The NBA on USA is the de facto name for the USA Network's National Basketball Association television coverage. The program ran from the 1979–80 season through the 1983–84 season.

Rebecca Haarlow

Rebecca Haarlow (born December 20, 1978) is an American sideline reporter for MSG Network, NBA TV, the NBA on TNT, and the Big Ten Network. Previously she served as a sideline reporter for Fox Sports Net, and as an anchor and reporter for the NFL Network.

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