The fight between Time Warner and MSG has been going for almost a month now as the cable television company and home of the NBA’s New York Knicks argue over just how much their programming is worth. For college basketball fans it hasn’t been that big of a deal, until tonight. If you don’t have MSG you can’t watch possibly the biggest NEC showdown of the early season – Robert Morris vs. LIU Brooklyn.
I don’t know if the number of fans missing this game is going to lead to multiple articles in the The New York Times and The Daily News, but it is a big deal for NEC fans in the city. According to the NYT there are 1.7 million fans in the metropolitan area and upstate New York that are currently dealing with this problem. (It’s bad for the upstate guys too, they can’t watch the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres either.) MSG has been holding viewing parties in different locations in order to keep fans up to date on the situation, but I don’t know if an NEC game is going to merit one.
If you can’t get MSG there are a few ways to watch the game tonight. It appears one of them is by registering on RMU’s site. A monthly subscription there is going to run you $9.95 (for TV) or $6.95 (for audio only). At that point maybe you’re better off heading to a bar with DirectTV, RCN or Verizon FiOS and asking them to put the game on TV. Who knows, maybe you’ll even manage to convert some new fans. LIU plays an exciting style of basketball, and with how their season has gone thus far lots of people should be getting ready to hop on the bandwagon.