October 16th, 2010
03:53 AM ET

Cable dispute may leave sports fans in dark

News Corp. pulled the plug on Cablevision customers Saturday, blacking out more than 3 million households in the New York area over a programming fee dispute.

Cablevision is calling on News Corp. to immediately put Fox 5 and My9 back on Cablevision and submit to binding arbitration under a neutral third party to reach a fair agreement.

Sports fans could be left in the dark if an agreement is not reached soon. They could miss the first game of the National League Championship Series, featuring the Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants.

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  1. K w

    Greed. Isnt it wonddrful

    October 16, 2010 at 4:25 am | Report abuse |
  2. tomcat

    i wont pay the ridiculous cable rates. my receiver and rabbit ears are fine with me.

    October 16, 2010 at 4:45 am | Report abuse |
  3. Katy Hill

    Like Rupert Murdoch gives a @#$% about what Americans want. He and Karl Rove have bought and are running American politics. In the future they'll decide what all Americans can watch if folks don't wake up. Not 1984...2084

    October 16, 2010 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  4. fred mcrae

    Control/Power are the issues.I have power over u and I
    I'm gonna make u pay me.Americans are becoming too weak minded. You can survive without cable TV!

    October 16, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  5. Cable=bs

    I'm so sick of time warner

    October 16, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  6. J W

    News Corp is pulling the same crap with DIsh Network. See getwhatipaidfor.com

    October 16, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  7. " Flyin' Phil "

    Sports fans have always been in the dark. Read "The Fix Is In" to come out of the dark and into the light.

    October 16, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jose L Pujol

    HHmmmm! Cablevision Dolan vs. Fox Murdoch! Hard to root for any one of these two filthy rich jerks.

    October 16, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  9. Ancient Texan

    Katy- Rupert Murdoch VS. George Soros for control of media. Interesting match, huh?

    October 16, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. duke

    I cut the cables some time ago!
    Everything/anything you want is online so I could care less(1200 a year just to be unsatisfied no thanks)
    Plus this is a argument between to corporations who, if/when they can,they both would send the company over seas as a way to make larger profits!
    "If you Vote them in again,You deserve everything you get"

    October 16, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jim Brieske

    The NFL is fixed and college football does not have a playoff that eliminates all teams leaving just two teams to play a championship game.
    The point is who cares if the pro and college football games are not broadcast. The fans who watch it are in the dark anyways.

    October 16, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mano

    Who really cares? It is not like it is closing a hospital or firing the police department. You get what you pay for. If you want it, buy it. If you don't want to pay the price, negotiate or do without. Simple business. Not a single life is at stake.

    October 16, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. steve the greek

    For all of you that "don't care" that's fine. But what about all of us that do care? Did you ever think that some of us like sports? Whether its cable visions fault or the networks fault at the end its the consumer that suffers! Glad I have verizon fios : )

    October 17, 2010 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  14. mary burgess

    What goes around comes around...Fox is finally getting back some of it's own karma...for years, they have been promoting opinions disguised as journalism, and making millions from it. If you like sports, you can catch it on a more honest and open forum....

    October 17, 2010 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jim Brieske

    mary burgess. I don't enjoy telling a woman she is an idiot so I won't.
    The facts prove Foxnews provides a more balanced news channel. What bothers many more liberal people is that when a democrat and a republican are placed together to provide their argument regarding a subject, three fourths of the time the democrat ends up losing the argument.
    Also Foxnews is intelligent enough to show past video clips of democrats saying things that make them liars. Most republicans don't forget these things so Foxnews is kind enough to refresh democrat viewer's memories.
    If you don't like the truth so you ignore it and disregard it (by saying oh that democrat doesn't really mean that then saying blah blah blah in excuse of them), then keep watching CNN.
    But I think at some point CNN will see that, it's diffucult standing up for democrats in a more technologically advanced time.

    October 17, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • palmsrider

      Sorry Jim, this is not about politics. This is about Fox being ridicuously greedy. $150 million? Bud Selig should tell them to either come to a reasonable agreement or MLB will get another network to show its games when the contract is up.

      October 17, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff in Vegas

      Fox is "balanced news"?? MY ASS. Try and find ONE mention by ANYONE, at ANY TIME OF DAY, on FOX, to the affect that Obama is a good president – you won't find ONE ever. Need another reason that Fox is unbalanced? Why is it that even though O'Reilly is supposed to be the "no-spin zone", that he CONSTANTLY and intentionallly interrupts people if they are in the middle of spouting an opposing view other than his? Waiting... (?)

      October 18, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
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