SBD/Issue 244/Sports Media

SNY Seeks More Carriage In Connecticut With New UConn Deals

SNY Using Increased Coverage Of UConn
Sports To Look For Better Carriage

The desire for making SportsNet N.Y. "available on Cox and Charter is growing" now that SNY has "struck a deal to cover many UConn football games and men’s basketball games,” according to Dom Amore of the HARTFORD COURANT. SNY VP/Communications Andrew Fegyveresi confirmed that discussions are ongoing with Cox and Charter -- the "two Connecticut cable TV providers that don't offer the channel" in the eastern and central parts of the state. SNY and Connecticut cable execs met yesterday, and a source indicated that "there is hope an agreement can be reached early next week." Charter Communications has "about 30,000 subscribers in the Windham area, including the UConn campus," while Cox has "about 150,000 subscribers in its Manchester, Meriden and Enfield systems who do not get SNY." Network officials announced Tuesday that “Comcast plans to expand coverage of SNY by Friday in the Middletown, Clinton, Groton, Norwich, Old Lyme and Vernon areas, which would make it available to all of its state customers.” Comcast VP/PR & Community Investment Kristen Roberts said that SNY is "part of the standard cable package on Comcast in most of the areas it services.” SNY also is available in Connecticut on Cablevision, Metrocast and Charter-Western (HARTFORD COURANT, 9/2).

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