Time Warner/MSG Dispute Could Last Through April

televisionKaren Matthews at the AP reports that MSG Media President Michael Bair says the dispute with Time Warner could last through the end of the NBA and NHL regular seasons in April.

“We have not had any meaningful conversations in quite some time,” Bair said Thursday. “We have made numerous proposals for more than two years and they have rejected every single proposal.”

Time Warner spokeswoman Maureen Huff agreed that “there really hasn’t been any marked progress.”

Huff said MSG is demanding a 53 percent increase in the price Time Warner pays for its programming. Bair called that figure “simply incorrect” but didn’t say how large a hike MSG was seeking.

A number of TheNYRBlog readers contributed their thoughts to the story including Carl Tirella who said…

“It’s miserable. I’m a die-hard Rangers fan. I can’t watch any Rangers games. … I thought it was going to get resolved quickly but it’s been a month, a month and a half.”

…i feel absolutely awful for any Rangers fans who have Time Warner, I’m not sure how I’d survive without my Rangers. Let’s hope the Rangers success along with the phenomenon that is Linsanity helps get a deal done soon.

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