In New York City, you can do anything but watch the World Series
"What DID I do with those rabbit ears???"
The World Series doesn't figure to be terribly popular in New York City, what with the absence of the pinstripers and all, but it's one of those things that, even if your team isn't in it, you'd still like to have the option of tuning in. This is America ... it's baseball.
If you're a Cablevision subscriber in New York City, New Jersey or Philadelphia (where they're no doubt still put out about the Phillies as well), you don't have that choice. You can't watch the World Series on Fox without rabbit ears, a satellite dish, Verizon FIOS or the internet because of a dispute between the cable provider and the network. The disruption stemming from the dispute (Cecilia Kang has details) has reached 11 days and affected over 3 million people.
The temporary loss of Channel 5 in New York, the New York Times' Richard Sandomir writes, is a landmark in sports TV.
"I've been a baseball fan all my life," Mike Trager, a sports media consultant, told Sandomir, "and I'm positive there's never been a time when a World Series was unavailable to viewers who wanted it."
Late Wednesday afternoon, Cablevision was emailing customers with an offer to reimburse them if they paid to watch the game live on mlb.com. Subscribers were told they can forward the purchase confirmation to Cablevision to get a $10 credit on their cable bill.
If those options fail, maybe fans can just huddle around a radio.
Of course, the World Series is more than just one game that will be lost to subscribers. And the fight figures to get a lot more attention Sunday, when the broadcast of the New York Jets' 1 p.m. game against the Green Bay Packers on Fox could be affected. Jets owner Woody Johnson is already concerned about that. (The fight already caused New Yorkers to miss the Giants' game against the Detroit Lions on Oct. 17 on Fox.) The Eagles, luckily, have their bye this weekend
(A tip o' the cap to Jeremy Bank and Justin Bank.)
| October 27, 2010; 7:02 PM ET
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