Negotiations are going on between the two sides, but it appears the New York Mets season opener Friday night against the Florida Marlins is in jeopardy.
Dish Network released the following statement:
“Regional sports channels like SportsNet NY have become one of the pay-TV industry’s fastest-growing expenditures, making our negotiations with content providers increasingly difficult. Our customers are our No. 1 priority, and they look to us to offer the most channel choices and compelling programming, all at the best value. That’s why we work hard for fair deals. Unfortunately, the contract with SNY expired at midnight, March 31 before we were able to reach fair terms for continued carriage. We assure our customers that we are committed to working toward a fair agreement that reflects the value of the channel.”
The Dish Network never reached an agreement with the YES Network and failed to sign a new contract with MSG and MSG Plus last October.
If you’re a transplant New Yorker, no regional sports networks is more than enough reason to cancel your service and switch to another cable or satellite provider.