SportsNet New York
TypeRegional sports network
CountryUnited States
Broadcast areaNew York
Connecticut (except Northeastern Areas)
North and Central Jersey
Northeastern Pennsylvania
Headquarters4 World Trade Center, Lower Manhattan, New York City
Programming
Language(s)English
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Ownership
OwnerSterling Entertainment Enterprises
ParentSterling Equities 65%/
Charter Communications 27%/
NBC Sports Group 8%[1]
Sister channelsSpectrum Sports
NBC Sports Regional Networks
History
LaunchedMarch 16, 2006; 15 years ago (2006-03-16)
FounderFred Wilpon
Links
Websitewww.sny.tv
Availability
Cable
Altice Optimum60 (except Litchfield County, CT)
62 (Litchfield County, CT)
Charter Spectrum320 (except CT)
331 or 770 (CT)
Comcast Xfinity1253
RCN370
Available on most other cable systems within broadcast areaSNY Channel Finder
Satellite
DirecTV639
Streaming media
NBC Sports Appstream.nbcsports.com
(U.S. cable internet subscribers only; requires login from participating providers to stream content; some events may not be available due to league rights restrictions)
DirecTV Stream639
FuboTVAvailable within designated area
HuluAvailable within designated area
YouTube TVAvailable within designated area

SportsNet New York (SNY) is an American regional sports network owned by Sterling Entertainment Enterprises, LLC, itself a joint venture between the Fred Wilpon (which owns a controlling 65% interest) Sterling Equities, Charter Communications through its acquisition of Time Warner Cable in May 2016 (which owns 27%) and Comcast, through its NBC Sports Group subsidiary (which owns 8%). The channel primarily broadcasts games and related programming involving the Mets, but also carries supplementary coverage of the Mets and the New York Jets as well as college sports events.

SNY maintains business operations and studio facilities at 4 World Trade Center. SportsNet New York is available on cable and fiber optic television providers throughout the New York metropolitan area and New York state; it is also available nationwide on satellite via DirecTV.

History

SportsNet New York was launched on March 16, 2006. The network was created in order for the New York Mets to better leverage the team's television broadcasting rights, which were previously held by Cablevision for its regional sports networks MSG and FSN New York. From 1998 to 2002, Cablevision had a monopoly on the cable television rights to all local professional sports franchises in the New York City market, which resulted in the company using those rights for various business practices (some controversial among viewers and local media analysts) such as moving certain games to its MSG Metro Channels, a group of locally based services that had limited distribution on most cable providers in the New York City metropolitan area.[citation needed] In 2002, YankeeNets – then the corporate entity which owned both the New York Yankees and New Jersey Nets – ended the monopoly by launching the YES Network to serve as the local cable broadcaster of their games, leaving the Mets in the Cablevision fold until that team's contract with the company (the dominant cable provider outside of Manhattan and the adjacent boroughs) expired in 2005. Its owners at the time is Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Wilpon, CBS Sports and Dish Network.

By 2011, through its majority ownership, the Mets received $68 million in revenue from SportsNet New York for the broadcast rights to its games.[2] In 2013, Bloomberg estimated that $1.2 billion of the Mets' $2.1 billion value came from SNY.[3] At this time, previous minority owners CBS Sports' and former Mets owner Chuck Dolan's share was sold to Comcast at this time.

From the network's founding until 2017, its headquarters was located in the Time-Life Building at Rockefeller Center, on the corner of Avenue of the Americas and West 51st Street in Manhattan (in the former home of the now-defunct CNN news program American Morning). In March 2017, the network relocated to 4 World Trade Center. Part of SNY's studio facility is leased to NFL Network for that network's morning show Good Morning Football.

Sports coverage

New York Mets

SportsNet New York, through its majority ownership by the team, serves as the primary local broadcaster of the New York Mets. It carries at least 120 games involving the team each season not televised on a national network (Fox, TBS or ESPN). SNY also produces a smaller broadcast schedule of games for local broadcast on Nexstar's CW affiliate WPIX (channel 11), which distributes those games to other broadcast stations in the Mets' broadcast territory. Gregg Picker serves as producer for the games. Mets game telecasts and post-game shows on SNY delay other programming, such as the 11:00 p.m. edition of SportsNite, and preempt all or portions of shows starting at midnight in the event a game with a 7:00 p.m. start time runs over its scheduled time period.

New York Jets

In November 2005, the New York Jets signed a broadcasting agreement with SportsNet New York to carry programs relating to the NFL franchise for three years. SNY carries more than 250 hours of Jets-related content annually, including both regular season and off-season shows with access to players, coaches and management.

New York Yankees

Although the local rights for New York Yankees broadcasts belong exclusively to YES Network, SNY operates a Twitter account dedicated to Yankees highlights.[4] Game highlights on the account are typically clips from the YES broadcast, sourced from the official Yankees Twitter account. SNY uploads their own recordings of post-game interviews to the account. The Yankees are also frequently covered on the primary SNY Twitter account.[5]

Other professional sports

On October 1, 2014, SNY signed an agreement with the Fall Experimental Football League to carry some of the league's inaugural regular season games in October and November of that year.[6] On December 20, 2018, SNY and Rugby United New York of Major League Rugby announced a partnership where SNY would televise nine of the team's inaugural season games.[7]

College sports

On July 23, 2008, SNY reached an agreement with Rutgers University to become "the exclusive home" of the university's athletics program; the deal includes the rights to air encore presentations of the team's football telecasts (involving games televised by ABC or any of the ESPN networks), weekly coaches shows (for both football and basketball, such as Inside Rutgers Football) and press conferences.[8]

Beginning in 2008, SNY carried football and basketball games involving the Big East Conference; the network lost the rights to Fox Sports 1 (through an agreement with Fox Sports) when that network launched in August 2013. The network also carried coaches shows focusing on the Seton Hall University and St. John's University basketball teams, both members of the old Big East.[9][10] From its launch, SNY also carried football and basketball games from the Big Ten Conference that were not scheduled to be televised on a national network; the network lost these games to the Big Ten Network when it launched in 2007. SNY also televised college basketball games from the Sun Belt Conference through ESPN Plus, later dropping these events in 2008, in order to focus its college sports coverage on the Big East Conference.

In August 2010, the University of Connecticut announced a multi-year deal with SportsNet New York to become "the official television home" of UConn Huskies football and men's basketball. SNY will feature 300 hours of Huskies-related programming annually, including 120 hours of game coverage.[11] In May 2012, SNY signed a four-year agreement with the university to become the exclusive broadcaster of the Huskies women's basketball team (assuming the regional rights from Connecticut Public Television), agreeing to air a minimum of 17 games per year.[12] However as of 2020 only women's basketball still airs on the network.

On October 31, 2013, SportsNet New York signed a broadcasting agreement with the Atlantic 10 Conference to televise the conference's college basketball games; under the initial deal, the network carried 43 Atlantic 10 basketball games during the 2013–14 season.[13]

Currently SNY airs women's college basketball from the University of Connecticut, college basketball games from Fordham University, [14] college football and college basketball games from Columbia University, [15] college football and college basketball games from Sacred Heart University, [16] college football and college basketball games from Stony Brook University, [17] and college lacrosse, college football and college baskebtball from Hofstra University. [18]

Original programming

Broadcast as seen through the window of SNY's street-level studio in the Time-Life Building.
Broadcast as seen through the window of SNY's street-level studio in the Time-Life Building.

News and debate programs

Entertainment programs

Mets-related programs

On-air staff

Current on-air staff

Hosts and analysts

New York Mets telecasts

Notable former on-air staff

Availability

At its launch, it was originally expected that SNY would experience issues with trying to gain carriage on Cablevision, as the Mets moved their game telecasts from that company's two regional sports networks, MSG Network and FSN New York (now MSG Plus). The situation was similar to that experienced by the YES Network, the Yankees ended its broadcasting agreement with Cablevision. Cablevision filed a lawsuit against Sterling Entertainment Enterprises on the grounds that the franchise might have violated their contract, which theoretically had one year left to run, as well as the right of last refusal. However, a judge ruled in favor of Sterling Entertainment, essentially stating that the Mets had voided their deal with Cablevision entirely by paying a specified buyout fee, believed to have exceeded $50 million.

Comcast began carrying the network on its Hartford area systems on March 31, 2008. Then in July 2008, just days after the University of Connecticut signed its broadcast deal with SNY, Cox Communications began carrying SportsNet New York on channel 62 throughout its Connecticut service area. On August 29, 2011, the network launched a secondary feed for Connecticut, SNY-CT.[19]

SNY is also available on Comcast systems in Palm Beach County, Florida and nationally on Verizon FiOS. However, due to broadcasting rules imposed by Major League Baseball that restrict local telecasts to within their designated broadcast territory, Mets games televised by the network are blacked out, although pre-game and post-game shows and other non-event programming is cleared for broadcast in Palm Beach County.

Beginning in 2017, SNY made Mets games available for live Internet streaming to subscribers via its website and the NBC Sports app but has been yet to be made authorizable to Comcast Xfinity subscribers though Comcast is the owner of the NBC Sports app and is part owner of SNY.[20]

See also

References

  1. ^ Suzanne Cosgrove (March 19, 2011). "Time Warner Cable, Comcast may nix Mets' SNY sale: report". Reuters.
  2. ^ Mike Ozanian (May 29, 2011). "Einhorn Offer Suggests Mets Deal With SportsNet New York Is Undervalued". Forbes (Sportsmoney). Retrieved June 28, 2012.
  3. ^ "Major League Baseball Franchise Valuations". Bloomberg L.P. October 23, 2013. Retrieved February 13, 2014.
  4. ^ "SNY Yankees on Twitter". Retrieved 8 June 2021.
  5. ^ "SNY on Twitter". Retrieved 8 June 2021.
  6. ^ "FXFL To Be Carried on ESPN3" (Press release). Fall Experimental Football League. PR Newswire. October 1, 2014. Archived from the original on October 21, 2014. Retrieved October 20, 2014 – via NBC Right Now.
  7. ^ "SNY and Rugby United New York have TV partnership". SportsNet New York. December 20, 2018. Retrieved March 3, 2019.
  8. ^ "SNY to Become Official Home of Rutgers Athletics". Rutgers University Athletic Department. July 23, 2008. Archived from the original on February 14, 2012.
  9. ^ Mike Reynolds (July 23, 2008). "SNY Scores Big East Football, Basketball Rights". Multichannel News. Reed Business Information.
  10. ^ Richard Sandomir (March 11, 2013). "New Big East and Fox Team Up". The New York Times. Retrieved March 12, 2013.
  11. ^ "SNY to become the official TV home of UConn football and men's basketball". SportsNet New York. August 5, 2010. Archived from the original on October 3, 2011. Retrieved September 14, 2010.
  12. ^ Rich Elliott (May 9, 2012). "SNY new TV partner for UConn women, to CPTV's dismay". Connecticut Post. Hearst Corporation. Retrieved July 31, 2012.
  13. ^ "Atlantic 10 Partners with SNY for 43-Game Television Partnership". Atlantic 10 Conference. October 31, 2013.
  14. ^ "Fordham Basketball: Television Deal a Slam Dunk for Program and School". Bleacher Report. September 25, 2014.
  15. ^ "SNY to Televise Five Columbia Football Games in 2017". Columbia University. September 8, 2017.
  16. ^ "SHU Announces Television Package With SNY". Sacred Heart University. November 15, 2019.
  17. ^ "Stony Brook Athletics signs deal to air basketball games on SNY". The Statesman. November 16, 2021.
  18. ^ "MLAX: Saturday's Hofstra Game To Air On SNY; Package Includes Multiple Hofstra Athletic Contests In 21-22". Hofstra University. April 14, 2021.
  19. ^ John Ourand (August 29, 2011). "SNY adds second feed for Connecticut". Sports Business Journal. Advance Publications.
  20. ^ John Ourand (February 1, 2017). "SNY to deliver live streaming of Mets baseball during 2017 season". SportsNet New York.