The Madison Square Garden Network, which earlier this year was
spun off from Cablevision, said Tuesday it is willing to submit its carriage
dispute with Dish Network to outside arbitration.
"We are perfectly willing to go to binding arbitration to
resolve this dispute with Dish Network," said MSG in a statement.
Spin-off company MSG Media pulled MSG Network and MSG Plus from
Dish's channel lineup after no carriage agreement was reached by
the deadline midnight Oct. 1.
Fox saw it as a sign of solidarity with Cablevision's call for
arbitration for its dispute with Fox over TV stations and cable nets in New
York, New Jersey and Philadelphia.
"This is the first time MSG has ever suggested being open to
binding arbitration with DISH Network or anyone else," said Fox in a
statement. "This position is totally inconsistent with their own filings
to the FCC and inconsistent with their own actions in denying hundreds of
thousands of viewers access to Knicks, Rangers, Nets and Devils games."
"It is stunning to see how the Cablevision family will flip
flop on any issue to achieve their transparent goal of making their own
subscribers suffer long enough to force politicians to intervene," said
"MSG has never said we would not submit to binding
arbitration," countered MSG.
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Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.