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 Plus
Msg plus
Launched1976
Owned byMSG Networks
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Broadcast areaState of New York
New York metropolitan area
Nationwide (via satellite)
HeadquartersNew York City
Formerly calledCablevision Sports 3 (1976–1979)
SportsChannel New York (1979–1998)
Fox Sports New York (1998–2000)
Fox Sports Net New York (2000–2004)
FSN New York (2004–2008)
Sister channel(s)MSG
MSG Western New York
Websitewww.msgnetworks.com
Availability
(some events may air on overflow feed MSG Plus 2 due to event conflicts)
Satellite
DirecTV635 (HD/SD)
MSG Plus 2:
637-1 (HD)
637 (SD)
Cable
Altice Optimum (Most Areas)72 (SD/HD)
Altice Optimum (Brooklyn and The Bronx)88 (SD/HD)
Charter Communications (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island)48 (SD)
319 (HD)
RCN (Manhattan and Queens)MSG Plus:
374 (SD)
688 (HD)
MSG Plus 2:
31 (SD)
679 (HD)
Verizon Fios (New York City)MSG Plus:
580 (HD)
80 (SD)
MSG Plus 2:
581 (HD)
81 (SD)
Available on most other cable systems in designated broadcast areaConsult your local cable provider or program listings source for channel availability
Streaming media
FuboTVInternet Protocol television

History

SportsChannel New York

MSG+ originally launched in 1976 as Cablevision Sports 3, a local sports network owned by Cablevision (the "3" referenced the network's channel slot on Cablevision, where it remained through the 1990s). The service was renamed SportsChannel New York in March 1979.[1] Along with carrying New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders hockey (the only teams that it has carried since its launch that remain on the network to this day as MSG Plus), the network carried sports events featuring the New York Yankees and New York Mets Major League Baseball teams as well as the NBA's New Jersey Nets.

As the original SportsChannel was growing in popularity in New York City, Cablevision (through its then-broadcasting unit, Rainbow Media) eventually decided to form a new group of regional sports networks under the SportsChannel brand, with SportsChannel New York serving as the flagship charter affiliate. The expansion began with Cablevision's purchase of PRISM New England, a Boston-based premium channel previously owned by Spectacor, which was rechristened as SportsChannel New England on January 1, 1983. Other SportsChannel networks launched between 1984 and 1990 in markets such as San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia and Los Angeles.

In December 1988, Cablevision announced that it would form a joint venture with NBC to operate the cable networks owned by the respective companies, including SportsChannel.[2] Through this partnership, SportsChannel acquired the cable television rights to the National Hockey League, which aired several games involving non-New York area teams on the SportsChannel regional networks at times when no games involving local teams were set to air and served as the programming cornerstone for national sister network SportsChannel America upon its launch in 1990.

SportsChannel New York lost the broadcast rights to the Yankees to the MSG Network, then its main competitor, after the 1988 season. This led to a lengthy dispute between Cablevision and MSG that resulted in the network being removed by the provider, resulting in many Cablevision subscribers not being able to see MSG's Yankees telecasts during the 1989 season.

On April 25, 1995, NBC sold its 50% interest in SportsChannel New York to Rainbow Media for US$93 million, citing that "owning a piece of SportsChannel New York made less sense" after Cablevision and ITT Corporation purchased MSG.[3]

FSN New York

On June 30, 1997, Fox/Liberty Networks – a joint venture between News Corporation (then the parent company of the New York Post and Fox owned-and-operated station WNYW (channel 5) and Liberty Media (a spin-off of TCI, an American cable-television group) – purchased a 40% interest in the SportsChannel networks, Madison Square Garden, the New York Knicks and the New York Rangers from Cablevision. The deal was intended to expand the reach of Fox Sports Net – a group of regional sports networks launched by Fox/Liberty in November 1996 through News Corporation's purchase of Liberty's Prime Network – by integrating the SportsChannel networks into the group; SportsChannel New York would also be rebranded as Fox Sports New York, while MSG would also become an FSN outlet, while retaining its existing brand.[4][5][6][7]

National Sports Partners, the venture formed through Cablevision's entry into the News Corporation/Liberty partnership to operate the existing and newly acquired Fox Sports owned-and-operated regional networks, later announced that the other SportsChannel networks would be relaunched under the "Fox Sports Net" banner.[8] The last event broadcast on the network as SportsChannel New York aired on January 27, 1998 was an NBA game between the New Jersey Nets and Denver Nuggets at the McNichols Sports Arena in Denver.

SportsChannel New York officially became Fox Sports New York the following day on January 28, with the first event aired as a Fox Sports Net outlet that evening being an NBA game between the Nets and the Los Angeles Lakers at Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California. Prior to the conversion, FSN programming had aired on then-independent station WBIS-TV during its S+ era, where it carried a hybrid of sporting and business programming; by June 1998 the station dropped the format and eventually became WPXN-TV (though it continued to air Fox-sourced programming until August). Five of the seven other remaining SportsChannel networks relaunched as member networks of Fox Sports Net later that week (SportsChannel Florida, which was rechristened Fox Sports Florida, was the last to join FSN in March 2000, after Rainbow bought Florida Panthers owner Wayne Huizenga's controlling interest).[9] The network was later rebranded as Fox Sports Net New York in 2000, as part of a collective brand modification of the FSN networks under the "Fox Sports Net" banner.

In April 2002, Fox Sports Net New York began sharing the broadcast rights to the Mets with MSG, as the newly launched YES Network took the regional television rights to the Yankees and Nets (both owned by their and the network's co-parent at the time, YankeeNets) from FSN. In 2004, the channel shortened its name to FSN New York, through the networks' de-emphasis of the "Fox Sports Net" brand.

On February 22, 2005, Cablevision and News Corporation agreed to trade several sports-related assets. Cablevision acquired majority control in Fox Sports New York, Fox Sports Chicago, Madison Square Garden and its associated properties, and a 50% share of Fox Sports New England; News Corporation, meanwhile, received Cablevision's ownership stakes in Fox Sports Ohio and Fox Sports Florida (Fox Sports Bay Area was not included in the deal, as News Corporation and Cablevision chose to retain joint ownership of that network).[10] Incidentally, News Corporation would later reverse course and purchase a 49% stake in YES Network in November 2012.

In 2005, the Mets announced that it would launch its own sports network to carry the team's games after FSN New York's contract with the team expired; SportsNet New York became the Mets new cable home when it launched in April 2006, at the start of that year's regular season. As a result of losing the Yankees, Nets and Mets over the span of three years, FSN New York and MSG went from being the sole rightsholders to seven of the New York area's major sports franchises (excluding the New York Jets and New York Giants, as the NFL does not sell game broadcasts on an individual team basis or to regional cable outlets) to carrying games from only four of the teams.

MSG+

On February 26, 2008, Cablevision announced that it would rebrand FSN New York as MSG Plus (branded in logos as "MSG+"), restructuring it as a spin-off of MSG Network.[11] The last event to air under the FSN New York banner was a college basketball game between the Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers and the Robert Morris Colonials from Moon Township, Pennsylvania on March 9.

The network was rebranded as MSG+ at 7:00 p.m. on March 10, beginning with its broadcast of an exhibition tennis match at Madison Square Garden between Roger Federer and Pete Sampras (which was also distributed nationally on the Tennis Channel).[12]

In February 2010, Cablevision spun off MSG Network and MSG+ into The Madison Square Garden Company. In September 2013, YES began carrying many national programs from Fox Sports Networks that were previously broadcast on MSG+; however, the network continues to maintain a reduced schedule of FSN-distributed programming.

Programming

Professional sports

MSG+ holds the regional broadcast rights to the NHL's New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders, and the New York Lizards of Major League Lacrosse. MSG Plus also serves an overflow feed in the event that multiple local teams whose games would normally be televised on MSG (such as the NBA's New York Knicks, WNBA's New York Liberty, and the NHL's Buffalo Sabres) are playing at the same time. In turn, through MSG's regional television rights agreements, MSG Plus also broadcasts certain NHL games involving the New York Rangers and Major League Soccer games featuring the New York Red Bulls not broadcast by its parent network. MSG Plus also carries a large proportion of Buffalo Sabres games available to subscribers in most of upstate New York.

The network carries New York Rangers and Red Bulls games, which mainly air on MSG, in the event that its parent network is scheduled to air a Knicks (in the case of the Rangers) or Liberty (for Red Bulls) game at times when MSG+ is not carrying games of its main local teams. Games respectively involving the Knicks and Liberty earn higher ratings on MSG than those involving the Rangers or Red Bulls, and rarely air on MSG+ as a result. This is also the case with MSG, as the Islanders or Devils air on that network in lieu of MSG+, when those teams play simultaneously at times none of MSG's main contracted teams are playing.

Since the start of 2006–07 NBA and NHL seasons, some Rangers telecasts have aired on MSG+ even when there is a conflict with an Islanders and/or Devils telecast, resulting in these games being relocated to MSG2 and/or MSG+ 2. In addition, when the Knicks are not in contention for the NBA Playoffs and the Rangers are contending for the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Rangers telecast usually airs on MSG and the Knicks telecast on MSG2, or vice versa in either case.

College sports

MSG+ also airs college sports events and local weekly college basketball magazine program for Hofstra University. However, games involving teams in the Tri-State area are generally blacked out outside the New York City market. Some cable providers, such as Time Warner Cable, acquire the rights to the local games for broadcast on local origination and regional sports channels in certain markets. MSG+ previously carried most college sports events televised by Fox Sports Networks (including football and basketball games from the Pac-12 Conference and Big 12 Conference), before these rights were transferred to the YES Network in September 2013 as part of its affiliation with FSN through 21st Century Fox's ownership interest in the network. Nationally televised FSN games aired in all of MSG+'s broadcast zones, unless a local team was playing at the time of the national telecast. In such cases, the collegiate event would be joined-in-progress at the end of the local telecast (if the ended before the conclusion of the national game) on MSG, if there is no other live game telecast scheduled, or not at all.

Fox Sports Net programs

Since joining Fox Sports Net, MSG+ had also carried select non-sports programming distributed by FSN (such as FSN Final Score, The Best Damn Sports Show Period[11] and The Dan Patrick Show). Even after the network's rebranding as MSG+, it continued to carry these programs until there were discontinuance, similar to a programming agreement FSN maintained with Comcast SportsNet affiliates in markets where there is no local FSN outlet (although CSN maintains a local affiliation with SportsNet New York). As FSN New York, MSG+ formerly aired some Arena Football League games involving the New York Dragons as part of the AFL on FSN package.

Related services

MSG+ 2

MSG+ 2 is a gametime-only overflow feed of MSG Plus, that – along with the MSG overflow MSG 2 – broadcasts in the event that three or four local games are scheduled to air simultaneously on the two main networks (for example, a Knicks or Rangers game would air on MSG2, while an Islanders or a Devils match would be shown on MSG+ 2). Normally, New York Knicks games are televised over MSG2 only during road games that start at least one hour later than a Rangers telecasts due to the fact that the Knicks (whose telecasts are the highest-rated sports events on MSG Network) normally take precedence on the main MSG network when played at Madison Square Garden. However, several Knicks home games originally scheduled to air on MSG were moved to MSG2 in 2008, in order for the former to carry the Rangers' Stanley Cup Playoff matches.

Cable providers mainly transmit MSG 2 and MSG+ 2 as "over-the-air" telecasts on other non-critical networks (such as TVGN, prior to its January 2015 relaunch as Pop); conversely, satellite providers carry both networks on alternate provider-assigned channels. At times when MSG2 and MSG+ 2 are broadcasting at the same time, one of the overflows will be carried on the alternate channel, mostly on C-SPAN2, in the case of cable providers.

From 1998 to 2005, Cablevision instead placed MSG's NBA and NHL telecasts on the MSG Metro Channels, which had limited availability within the provider's systems in the New York metropolitan area. In high cases of overflow, partially caused by New Jersey Nets telecasts aired on the then-rebranded FSN New York at the same time, games were also aired on Riverhead-based independent station WLNY-TV (channel 55). During this era, when two of the teams that the MSG Networks held the rights to broadcast played against each other, only one broadcast would usually be produced using one of the team's announcing staffs. This was either due to stipulations in MSG's television contracts or a desire to show a different sporting event at the same time. Beginning in the 2005–06 NBA and NHL seasons, after the Metro Networks ceased operation and the Nets telecasts moved to YES Network, MSG and the then-FSN New York relaunched MSG2 and FSN New York 2 (the present-day MSG+ 2) and began producing two separate broadcasts when two of their contracted teams play one another.

MSG+ HD

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MSG+ HD is a high-definition simulcast feed of MSG+ HD, which broadcasts in the 1080i resolution format. It is carried on Cablevision (except on its system in Litchfield), Time Warner Cable (in New York and New Jersey), Comcast (which has carried MSG+ HD full-time since October 15, 2009 in areas of northern and central New Jersey within the New York City market)[13] RCN, DirecTV[14] and Verizon FiOS. Sister network MSG+2 also maintains an HD simulcast, whose availability depends on geographic location and television provider.[15] MSG+ HD carries all games involving the New York Rangers, New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils and New York Red Bulls in high definition.

On January 22, 2009, hockey games broadcast by MSG HD and MSG+ HD were dropped from NHL's GameCenter Live service following a contract dispute between MSG and the National Hockey League;[16] MSG HD and MSG+ HD returned to NHL Center Ice on March 17, 2010, beginning with the former's telecast of a game between the New Jersey Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins, confirmed on-air by NHL Hour co-host Gary Bettman during the program.[17] On December 14, 2011, a three-judge panel of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals denied MSG Holdings' petition to review an order by the Federal Communications Commission that Cablevision make the HD feeds of its regional sports networks available for distribution to AT&T U-verse and Verizon FiOS.

MSG/MSG+ broadcasting zones

MSG Plus maintains eight broadcasting zones, one less than that of its parent network, as it is not available in northwestern Pennsylvania, where the main MSG channel carries all of the Buffalo Sabres game telecasts instead (New York Knicks games and other hockey games not involving the Sabres are blacked out in that region). Until recently, MSG Plus was also not available in Western New York, with any scheduling conflicts between the Sabres and Knicks (non-Sabres hockey games also are blacked out in this zone) being resolved by placing the Knicks on an overflow channel such as Spectrum Sports (New York).

Zone # Region served Team broadcasts available
1 New York City Tri-State area (including the Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island and The Bronx, northern and central New Jersey and Fairfield County, Connecticut) All Knicks, Rangers, Islanders, Devils, Liberty and Red Bulls games air on MSG and MSG+.
2 Upstate New York (north of Sullivan, Ulster, and Dutchess Counties) All Knicks, Rangers, Islanders, Devils, Liberty, Red Bulls, and Sabres games air on MSG and MSG+.
3 Western New York (within 50 miles (80 km) of Buffalo, including Rochester) All Knicks, Liberty and Red Bulls games air on MSG and MSG+; all Sabres games air on MSG Western New York.
4 Northeastern Pennsylvania (excluding Bradford, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming Counties) All Rangers, Liberty and Red Bulls games air on MSG and MSG+.
5 Central Connecticut (north and east of Fairfield County) and Northeastern Pennsylvania area (Wilkes-Barre and Scranton areas) All Knicks, Rangers, Liberty and Red Bulls games, up to 50 games each (sometimes all, depending on NHL's out-of-market rules) involving the Islanders and Devils air on MSG or MSG+.
6 Eastern Connecticut (New London and Windham Counties) All Red Bulls games, up to 50 games each (sometimes all, depending on NHL's out-of-market rules) involving the Rangers, Islanders, and Devils air on MSG or MSG+.
7 Southwestern New York (within 100 miles (160 km) of Cleveland) All Red Bulls and Sabres games air on MSG Western New York or MSG+.
8 Northeastern Pennsylvania (Bradford, Lackawanna (excluding Scranton area), Luzerene (excluding Wilkes-Barre area), Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming Counties) All Knicks, Rangers, Liberty and Red Bulls games air on MSG or MSG+.
9 Northwestern Pennsylvania (areas in the Buffalo Sabres market) All Sabres games air on MSG Western New York.[18]

MSG+ in Upstate New York

Hoosick area

Until 2004 (when it was rebranded as FSN New York), the town of Hoosick was the only area served by then Time Warner Cable (now Charter Spectrum's) Albany systems that did not carry MSG+ within New York state. Hoosick was also formerly part of Adelphia's Bennington, Vermont service area (which is now part of Comcast), which formerly carried FSN New England (now Comcast SportsNet New England); but because of rules imposed by FSN that cable providers within one of the network's broadcast territories must carry that individual regional network, Adelphia replaced that network with FSN New York.

Central New York

As FSN New York, Time Warner Cable (now Charter Spectrum's) systems in Central New York formerly carried MSG+ on their digital standard tier; the network has since been added to the provider's standard basic tier after TWC struck an agreement with Cablevision/Rainbow Media to move to the provider's standard package in most areas within the region, a move done largely to acclimate Buffalo Sabres fans to allow the team's game broadcasts on the network to air in the area.

Southern Tier of New York

Charter Spectrum does not carry MSG+ on its systems in Fredonia, Ulysses, Salamanca (served by Atlantic Broadband), Jamestown and Sayre, Pennsylvania, mainly served by its Southern Tier service area.

Rochester area

Charter Spectrum maintains limited carriage of MSG+ on its Rochester area systems (as well as markets formerly served by Adelphia), with Dresden and Finger Lakes as the only other towns that carry the network.

Western New York

Charter Spectrum currently carries MSG Plus in high-definition on channel 777 and in standard-definition on channel 70 on its Western New York systems.

On-air staff

Current on-air staff

Game broadcasters
  • Mike Breen – Knicks play-by-play announcer
  • Walt Frazier – Knicks color analyst
  • Kenny Albert – fill-in Knicks play-by-play announcer
  • Mike Crispino – fill-in Knicks play-by-play announcer
  • Sam Rosen – Rangers play-by-play announcer
  • Joe Micheletti – Rangers color analyst
  • John Giannone – Rangers sideline reporter; fill-in Rangers play-by-play announcer
  • Brendan Burke – Islanders play-by-play announcer
  • Butch Goring – Islanders color analyst
  • Shannon Hogan – Islanders sideline reporter, pre-game and post-game show and intermission report host
  • Rick DiPietro – Islanders pre-game, post-game, and intermission analyst
  • Stan Fischler – Islanders pre-game, post-game, and intermission analyst
  • Chris King – fill-in Islanders play-by-play announcer
  • Jiggs McDonald – fill-in Islanders play-by-play announcer
  • Steve Cangialosi – Devils play-by-play announcer
  • Ken Daneyko – Devils color analyst
  • Rick Jeanneret – Sabres play-by-play announcer
  • Rob Ray – Sabres sideline reporter
  • Mike Robitaille – fill-in Sabres color analyst
  • Kevin Sylvester – fill-in Sabres play-by-play announcer
  • Jason Horowitz – Liberty play-by-play announcer
  • Sal LoCascio – Lizards color analyst
  • Carl Reuter – Lizards play-by-play announcer
  • Shep Messing – Red Bulls color analyst
Studio show staff
  • Mike BossyMSG Hockey Night Live panelist
  • Anson Carter – Rangers studio analyst
  • Ron Duguay – Rangers studio analyst; MSG Hockey Night Live panelist
  • Stan FischlerMSG Hockey Night Live contributor, occasional Devils or Islanders sideline reporter
  • EJ Hradek – MSG Hockey Night Live panelist
  • Scott Lasky – Inside the Rangers host
  • Brian Leetch – Rangers studio analyst
  • Dave Maloney – Rangers pre-game and post-game analyst; MSG Hockey Night Live panelist; and fill-in Rangers color analyst/sideline reporter
  • Bill Pidto – Rangers and Knicks (road games) pre-game and post-game show and intermission report host; MSG150 commentator; and MSG Hockey Night Live fill-in host
  • Deb Placey – Devils pre-game and post-game show, and intermission report host
  • Al TrautwigMSG Hockey Night Live host; and Rangers and Knicks (home and playoff games) pre-game and post-game show and intermission report host
  • Steve Valiquette – Rangers studio analyst; and MSG Hockey Night Live panelist

Awards

MSG+ received Promax Awards in 2009 for their October 2008 rebranding campaign, its promotional campaign for the network's high school sports telecasts, and Devils and Islanders tuners.

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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.

Fox Sports Networks

Fox Sports Networks (FSN), formerly known as Fox Sports Net, is the collective name for a group of regional sports channels in the United States. Formed in 1996 by News Corporation, the group was acquired by The Walt Disney Company in March 2019 following its acquisition of 21st Century Fox. A condition of that acquisition imposed by the U.S. Department of Justice required Disney to sell FSN by June 18, 2019, 90 days after the completion of its acquisition. Disney subsequently sold the networks (excluding the YES Network, being reacquired by Yankee Global Enterprises) to Sinclair Broadcast Group.Each of the channels in the group carries regional broadcasts of sporting events from various professional, collegiate and high school sports teams (with broadcasts typically exclusive to each individual channel, although some are shown on multiple FSN channels within a particular team's designated market area), along with regional and national sports discussion, documentary and analysis programs.

Depending on their individual team rights, some Fox Sports Networks maintain overflow feeds available via digital cable, telco and satellite providers in their home markets, which may provide alternate programming when not used to carry game broadcasts that the main feed cannot carry due to scheduling conflicts. Fox Sports Networks is headquartered in Houston, Texas, with master control facilities based in both Houston and Los Angeles; FSN also maintains production facilities at Stage 19 at Universal Studios Florida (which formerly served as home of Nickelodeon Studios until its closure in 2005).

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.

Ken Daneyko

Kenneth Stephen Daneyko (born April 17, 1964) is a retired Canadian-American ice hockey defenceman of Ukrainian origin who played his entire career (1983–2003) with the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League, winning three Stanley Cup championships with the team. He has been nicknamed "Mr. Devil" by Devils fans, as he currently holds the franchise record for games played as a Devil with 1,283 games. Daneyko now provides colour analysis alongside Steve Cangialosi during broadcasts of Devils games on MSG Plus.

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)

List of current National Hockey League broadcasters

The following is a list of current (as of 2018–19 NHL season) National Hockey League broadcasters.

List of sports television channels

Sports channels are television speciality channels (usually available exclusively through cable and satellite) broadcast sporting events, usually live, and when not broadcasting events, sports news and other related programming.

The first sports channel was from the SportsChannel networks, which went on the air in 1977 with the original SportsChannel (now MSG Plus). ESPN began broadcasting in 1979. Since then, many channels have surfaced around the world, many focusing on one sport in particular, or one region of a country, showing only their local team's games. These networks have greatly improved the availability of sports broadcasts, generating opportunities such as the ability for one person to see every single game their team plays over the course of the season.

In the United States, these channels broadcast most regular season games of major pro sports league and many other sports as well, with over the air television networks stepping in during the weekends or special events (all-star games, championships, etc.).

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 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.

Phil Giubileo

Phil Giubileo is an American professional sports broadcaster. Giubileo grew up in the Bronx, New York and attended Fordham University, where he graduated with a B.S. in Management Sciences.

Giubileo is a play-by-play broadcaster that is currently the lead play-by-play announcer for the Connecticut Whale in the NWHL, where he also handled the call of the inaugural Isobel Cup Finals between the Buffalo Beauts and the Boston Pride for the past two seasons. He is also a color commentator and play-by-play announcer for Quinnipiac University hockey (men's and women's).

Previously, Giubileo was the main broadcaster for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League (AHL) from 2006-2015. The Sound Tigers are the top minor league affiliate of the New York Islanders (NHL). He also served as the host for AHL Live's Around The AHL, a review of the previous week's action, and was a voiceover talent for the NHL's Arena Highlights program for several years. Giubileo also was featured on occasion as a reporter on NY Islanders telecasts on MSG Plus, where he featured players from the Sound Tigers.

Giubileo was the play-by-play announcer for AHL Live's global broadband webcast of the 2009 AHL All-Star Classic, which was played at DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts. He also anchored the live coverage of the 2009 AHL Hall-of Fame Induction ceremony. He was joined on the broadcast by Owen Newkirk, who is the current radio host for the Dallas Stars. He also served as the play-by-play announcer for the opening round of the 2009-2012 Women's Big East Basketball Championship, which was broadcast exclusively online at bigeast.tv

Previously Giubileo broadcast hockey for the now defunct Danbury Trashers (UHL) and St. Louis Heartland Eagles (USHL) and baseball for the River City Rascals (Frontier League). He also served as a voiceover artist for Neulion for an NHL highlights program that was broadcast in league arena's around the U.S. and Canada.

Giubileo started his career while in college at WFUV, a National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate licensed to Fordham University. He began as a staff member in 1991 and progressed to the title of Sports Director from 1993 to 1995. While at WFUV, Giubileo was one of the hosts of One on One, which is New York City's longest-running sports call-in show, and handled play-by-play for Fordham Basketball, Football, and Baseball.

For three years Giubileo studied play-by-play under legendary sportscaster Marty Glickman.

Following his career at WFUV, Giubileo served as a studio producer for WABC Radio, working on various sports and talk programming including New Jersey Devils (NHL) hockey and New York Yankees (MLB) baseball broadcasts. Giubileo also worked for talk show hosts Sean Hannity, Curtis Sliwa, and Lynn Samuels.

In 2004, Giubileo broadcast the Frontier League All-Star Game for Fox Sports Networks. In 2008, he served as the voice over talent for several episodes of the documentary series Day In The Life, which was televised on NHL Network.

Stan Fischler

Stan Fischler (born March 31, 1932) is a historian of hockey and the New York City Subway, as well as a broadcaster, author, and professor.

He can be seen beside Al Trautwig during MSG hockey intermissions for the New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers on MSG and MSG Plus. He also provides general hockey analysis on MSG and writes columns for the network's website. In 2009, Fischler began hosting a feature, "Five For Fischler", on Hockey Night Live! which lists his Top Five in a random hockey topic. In the 1980s, he was a hockey commentator for The Radio Show on CBC Radio in Canada.. He was also a color commentator for the New England Whalers of the WHA in their first two years in 1972-73 and 1973-74.

In addition to broadcasting, Fischler has authored or co-authored almost 100 books on hockey, baseball and even a few on the New York subway system. His books include: The Hockey Encyclopedia, Everybody's Hockey Book, Hockey Chronicle, The New NHL Encyclopedia, Cracked Ice: An Insider's Look at the NHL, and most recently MetroIce: A Century of Hockey in Greater New York, focusing on the Rangers, Islanders and Devils franchises. His most famous subway book is Uptown, Downtown. Fischler contributed to the 2017 documentary Only the Dead Know the Brooklyn Americans; having been a fan of the team as a young child before the team folded, he was one of the few living Americans fans to have witnessed the team firsthand.On September 18, 2007, Fischler was announced as one of the four recipients of the 2007 Lester Patrick Trophy.On May 13, 2014, his wife Shirley -- a hockey journalist in her own right and Fischler's long-time collaborator on many of his works -- died of cancer at the age of 74.

Steve Cangialosi

Steven Donato Cangialosi (born October 28, 1963) is the primary television play-by-play announcer for the New Jersey Devils on MSG Plus and the New York Red Bulls on the MSG Network and 98.7 ESPN New York.

Cangialosi replaced Mike "Doc" Emrick after he stepped down from the play-by-play role after 21 seasons in 2011. He currently serves with color analyst and former NHL defensemen, Ken Daneyko after working for 3 seasons with Chico Resch, former NHL goaltender. Previous to this, Cangialosi served as the backup play-by-play announcer to Emrick and the primary studio host for pre/post and intermission studio shows. He has also had other various jobs in television and radio including a three-year run as a sports talk-show host on ESPN radio in New York City. Steve Cangialosi worked on his first Olympic Games at the London 2012 event, broadcasting several soccer matches.

Cangialosi works on Red Bulls games with color analyst and former New York Cosmos goalkeeper Shep Messing and also occasionally works on international soccer matches for BeIn Sport, Fox Sports and NBC Sports, where he has broadcast several Olympic, Gold Cup and Europa League soccer matches..

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