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Islanders fans can expect much of the same when they tune in to Islanders telecasts on MSG Networks.

The Islanders will appear on MSG Networks 77 times this season, with five other games being broadcast nationally on NBCSN. The broadcast crew remains the same. Howie Rose and Butch Goring will be on the call, Shannon Hogan returns as host/reporter, and Stan Fischler is back as a correspondent during home games.

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MSG Networks has hired Shannon Hogan to take over as anchor and reporter for the Islander broadcasts this season.

The announcement doesn't come as a surprise, since word leaked on Twitter that Hogan would take over the job earlier this month. She replaces Peter Ruttgaizer, who held the position for the previous three seasons.

Hogan joins the Islanders telecast after four years at Fox Sports Detroit, where she covered the area's three major professional sports teams and college sports. She has also covered the 2010 US Open, 2010 World Series and the 2014 Winter Classic. Hogan was also the recipient of a Michigan Emmy Award in June for her work at Fox Sport Detroit.

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It used to be an annual tradition for many. UConn to the Big East tournament on MSG was an absolute holiday for fans of the Huskies for 20 years.

If the Huskies happened to get to the semifinals on Friday night, the tickets would become some of the more sought after in the Northeast.

All those fans who didn't get to spend their money on the BET will get a chance this week for something better -- the NCAA regional.

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Madison Square Garden has sent through official pictures of the transformed Madison Square Garden

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https://twitter.com/NY_KnicksPR/status/383681441390813184

The Knicks will open the fully renovated MSG on 10/25 with a preseason game against the Bobcats.

The Rangers home opener is 10/28 against Montreal.

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If you've been looking to get your Islanders Hockey? fix during the preseason and are unable to fly to Calgary and Nashville or hustle to Newark after work, it's been a pain in the behind to figure out a way to watch the game. And that won't change tonight, as the only way you'll see the Islanders and Predators at the Coliseum is by making the drive to Uniondale.Last week against Calgary, the Islanders website picked up the Flames' online stream of the game that was done on "Flames TV" with full annoucers, graphics, replays and everything. Because it's Canada and people will riot if they don't have their hockey. On Sunday, the Nashville Predators declined to stream their game, and with no one on the Islanders side lugging equipment to Music City, no one in TV land or on the internet saw it (until highlights magically emerged days later).In between, the Islanders played a much ballyhooed preseason game against the Devils at the brand new Barclays Center in Brooklyn. It was a game that was talked about for a long time and got more local media coverage from print outlets than any Islanders game in... Years? Decades?It was available online via the Barclays Center, but you couldn't watch it on your television.For a quick refresher, here's an excerpt from this blog from editor emeritus Chris Botta in 2008 that is still remarkably accurate as the Islanders TV situation has not changed and will not until 2031:[sny-box]As for why MSG+ isn?t showing any Islanders [preseason] games while MSG Network seems to show Rangers ex games every other night, that?s an easy one and you know why. The Rangers are owned by Cablevision, the makers of MSG Network. A Rangers broadcast is a three-hour infomercial for the hockey team ownership is not going to pass up.On the other hand, the Islanders? television broadcast rights are owned by MSG Network. MSG has the right to decide if they want to spend the money to produce Islanders games in Moncton, Uniondale or anywhere. They choose not to.[/sny-box]And with the Barclays Center now a direct competitor to MSG -- and doing quite well -- it's no surprise that the network didn't want anything to do with a game that, frankly, might have had decent ratings (well, decent for the Islanders anyway).And all this leads us to tonight's game at the Coliseum that you will only see by actually being there.The team Twitter account announced this morning that the game wouldn't be streamed online due to "technical difficulties." Maybe there is something literally wrong with the equipment or maybe someone unplugged all the cameras in the building on purpose.Either way, the next time you can look forward to easily watching the Islanders will be next Friday night in New Jersey. Until then, you'll have to continue crossing your fingers for an online broadcast of the game, which has been a pursuit about as predictable as the weather.While we're at it, here's some more from that 2008 article. That season, no Islanders preseason games were streamed online despite broadcast streams being available the previous year.[sny-box]Islanders TV?s inability to show these ex games in Canada live and in living colour is a more difficult issue, but the reason is essentially the same. Not only does MSG Network have the broadcast rights for Islanders pre-season games, an impeccable TV industry source tells Point Blank that MSG Network also has the right to give the red light to any other company that wants to show the games.It?s a fair leap to assume MSG opted to block ITV from broadcasting games live in Moncton, London, PEI or anywhere else. Yes, last year they allowed it. This year, nope.To be clear, it?s not like the Islanders don?t want to have these games on ITV, MSG+ or anywhere else on the dial. MSG is exercising their contractual rights.[/sny-box]
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On May 29th, at Gothamist, they looked at some renderings that architects developed for a New Madison Square Garden.

One proposal saw MSG on the west side of Manhattan, similar to where it has been thought to be moved, and the other saw the arena moved just outside of the City.

In response, MSG released a statement and said "It?s curious to see that there are so many ideas on how to tear down a privately owned building that is a thriving New York icon, supports thousands of jobs and is currently completing a $1 billion transformation. These pie-in-the-sky drawings completely ignore the fact that no viable plans or funding to rebuild Penn Station and relocate MSG actually exist."

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According to the Wall Street Journal, City Council speaker Christine Quinn is favoring legislation that would create a new Penn Station and calling for a ten-year limit on Madison Square Garden operating where it currently resides.

Quinn is planning a commission that will look into a new residence for the building.

MSG has applied to have an indefinite renewal of their permit, while the City planning commission struck a compromise that called for a 15-year limit and allow MSG to renew indefinitely if they can come to terms with the LIRR, NJ Transit and Amtrak on adding more stairs, elevators and escalators to Penn Station.

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If you tried tuning in at 6:30pm to see Peter Ruttgaizer on the Islanders pre-game show on MSG Plus, you instead got the first overtime of a college basketball game between midwestern hardwood, uh, powerhouses Tulsa (13-11) and Houston (15-8), a Conference USA matchup. The game went long, as sports are wont to do on occasion, and ran into the Islanders telecast on MSG Plus.

OK, so missing a pre-game show isn't the worst thing that could happen. Starting lineups and other news items are usually known hours before the game. But MSG Networks wouldn't preempt the actual game, would they?

Well, they did.

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At the end of tonight's second period, the Rangers' Mark Staal attempted to clear the puck towards the boards. Staal's backhand clear went awry and over the boards, into the space between the team benches where MSG Network's John Giannone was reporting for the Rangers telecast. Giannone was struck square in the nose, but stayed in his spot and kept reporting. Sidney Crosby was not available for comment.

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MSG Networks will carry 41 of the Devils' 48 games this season with NBC/NBC Sports Network airing the other seven. The majority of the games can be seen on MSG-Plus, although more than a handful will air on the primary MSG network.

Once again, it'll be Steve Cangialosi on play-by-play and color man Chico Resch returns for his 17th season in the booth. Deb Placey and Ken Daneyko will? join the crew as studio host and analyst, respectively.

The full list, via Tom Gulitti of The Record, after the jump:

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At NorthJersey.com, John Brennan writes that with the lockout the Rangers are potentially missing out on the most lucrative season in franchise history.

He notes that with the second phase of the transformation at MSG completed and all of the new seats and suites put the revenue from ticket sales was supposed to be much larger.

Brennan also writes that the addition of Rick Nash could be the final piece of the puzzle for the Rangers and how that could/would lead to larger revenues.

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New York, NY, November 2, 2012 ? Madison Square Garden unveils today the second phase of the Arena?s historic, three-year top-to-bottom Transformation. The New York Knicks will take the court against the Miami Heat tonight for the first event in the newly transformed Arena. Construction on the second phase of the Transformation began on May 26. During the offseason shutdown more than 1000 construction workers worked around the clock to transform the upper bowl of the Arena.

Phase II of The Garden Transformation includes a completely new seating configuration in the upper bowl of the Arena, offering larger, more comfortable seats and significantly improved sightlines as the incline for the upper bowl increases 17 degrees, moving fans seven to 10 feet, or nearly three rows, closer to the action. The new expanded Garden Concourse (8th floor) includes city views in select areas, additional restrooms and retail locations, and new first-class food and beverage options. Final work was completed on the Madison Concourse (6th floor), including the addition of an homage to The Garden?s 133 year history with the ?Garden 366? visual retrospective showcasing a moment in Garden history for every day of the year, and special exhibits celebrating 10 of the 20 top ?Defining Moments? at The Garden. The second 10 ?Defining Moments? will debut next season on the Garden Concourse. The new Lexus Madison Suite Level (7th floor) features 58 new Madison Level Suites that will open throughout the 2012-13 seasons, along with the new Madison Club presented by Foxwoods, both located as close as 23 rows away from the action. The Madison Club presented by Foxwoods is a new all-inclusive, membership-only club that includes access to more than 100 sporting events held at The Garden.

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In the NY Post, Mike Vaccaro writes that after 20 years, the blue seats at Madison Square Garden have finally returned.

He writes that many people were consulted so that the shade of blue used on the seats was the exact same as it was when the seats were first in Madison Square Garden.

Former Ranger Nick Fotiu said of the blue seats "Rangers fans bleed blue, but there is a special pride that comes with sitting in the blue seats. They are like heaven to Rangers fans.?

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via MSG on FB

Seth notes on twitter that some parts of the upper bowl will still need to be renovated during the season.

5:29PM:

https://twitter.com/K92moore/status/233676224491302913
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8:14PM: Neil Best writes in Newsday that the upper bowl seats are ten feet closer to the playing surface and 17 degrees steeper.

He notes "the concourse that used to ring the arena on the inside is gone, meaning no more obstructions for fans seated toward the front of the upper bowl."

3:49PM: Chris Botta tweets "Blue Seats back at MSG. 1,000 seats in upper level, in blue of old, avail this season as part of MSG reno Phase 2"

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Deadspin notes that last night there was a small fire at Madison Square Garden. They note "Looks like everything is okay. DNAinfo.com reports that there were no injuries, and it only took firefighters about an hour to get the blaze under control. "
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The Rangers WILL NOT open next season in Europe do to concerns about the CBA negotiations.

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4PM: The Rangers have sent through the following release on ticket information for next season.

The key points, in regards to the Rangers are:

  • Rangers tickets will increase an average of 9.5%. Price increases are primarily focused on upper bowl seats, reflecting the new amenities and improved sightlines in the upper bowl.
  • The upper bowl will offer larger, more comfortable seating and significantly improved sightlines as the incline for the upper bowl will increase 17 degrees, moving fans seven to 10 feet, or nearly three rows, closer to the action. Season ticket holders will be relocated to new seats accordingly.
  • In addition, Knicks and Rangers fans will experience the return of the Blue Seats, which was a frequent request from fans during the planning of the Transformation. The Blue Seats will be located in a section on the west side of the building and be authentic to the color of the original Blue Seats.
  • Season tickets will be offered at 23 different price points for Rangers
  • The renewal deadline for Rangers is May 11
CHECK OUT THIS WEBSITE to see a seating chart with prices.

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According to the NY Post, City Council speaker Christine Quinn has sent letters to Time Warner Cable and MSG saying that if they can't come to an agreement within two weeks, public hearings will be held.

?If these discussions cannot produce a resolution within two weeks, the City Council will hold hearings and request that both parties explain themselves to the public . . . At a time when all New Yorkers are getting together behind Jeremy Lin and the New York Knicks, now is the time to resolve this dispute once and for all.?
MSG has been off of Time Warner Cable since January 1.
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According to Upstate TV Station WGRZ, State Senator Mark Grisanti is hoping to make it so that companies like Time Warner Cable and MSG would go to arbitration if a deal between the two sides can't be reached.

Grisanti is proposing a change in the NYS Public Service law, which would not only require that cable companies "negotiate fairly" when it comes to carriage agreements, but perhaps more importantly, the amended law would require that -- when terms of a carriage agreement can't be reached, -- that the two sides be compelled to enter into arbitration of the matter.

This would at least force both sides to the table, something that can't currently be done.The article has a statement from MSG saying that there has been no progress in the talks.

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In the NY Post, Claire Atkinson writes that there are no updates on the Time Warner and MSG standoff and it could reportedly take until after the Knicks and Rangers season.

MSG has not been on Time Warner Cable since January 1.

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In the NY Times, Richard Sandomir looks at the issues that are stopping Time Warner Cable from carrying MSG and MSG plus.

The blackout is the result of a dispute that led to the disappearance of the MSG channels on Time Warner Cable, which has 1.7 million customers in the New York metropolitan area and upstate.
It's a bad situation and unless someone steps in to broker a deal, I fear it could go on for a while. I hear from people every game day that can't watch the game and it's ridiculous. Plenty of people have taken to the online streaming way of doing things but I suggest more people take advantage of Kenny Albert and Dave Maloney on the radio until this thing gets settled.
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In the Daily News, Bob Raissmnn writes about the issue between Time Warner Cable and MSG.

Raissman writes that part of the issue lies within MSG's deal with Cablevision:

When Dolan has his MSG programmer hat on he reads from a different script. Now it?s all about the great value MSG and MSG+ have in the marketplace and how TWC ?should pay what other top cable operators are paying.? Among those ?top operators? is Cablevision. So in that case Dolan can set the price for the MSG Networks and ?agree? Cablevision will pay it. This, no doubt, affects the average price of the MSG Networks among all cable systems.
That certainly has an impact on things. It has been a week and three Knicks games and two Rangers games have been missed so I think that we could be in this for the long haul. I had hoped that after the first Knicks game something would happen, but now it seems like a politician or someone with some power will need to step in. No one that I know has switched, do you know anyone who has?
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Via the New York Rangers:

MSG AND MSG PLUS TO BE DROPPED FROM TIME WARNER CABLE'S LINEUP FOLLOWING EXPIRATION OF AGREEMENT AT MIDNIGHT TONIGHT

Fans of the Knicks, Rangers, Devils, Islanders and Sabres Urged to Switch Carriers

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According to the NY Post, there have been no meaningful discussions lately between MSG and Time Warner Cable to prevent a new contract from being signed.

The deal expires at midnight tonight.

Time Warner said earlier this month that they would not remove MSG until after the Knicks and Rangers season ends.

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According to Multichannel, via KK, Time Warner Cable released a statement saying that they will not take MSG off of it's cable systems until the end of the Hockey and Basketball season:

"We will not remove MSG/MSG+ from our New York cable systems. That ball is in MSG's court," said Mike Angus, senior vice president, content acquisition for Time Warner Cable, in a statement. "Time Warner Cable and our customers have stood by MSG and its teams through thick and thin. Our customers have paid whether the teams won or lost; they deserve better."
The belief is that MSG is insisting that Time Warner Cable carry FUSE as a condition of the agreement.
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MSG is going to air 5 of Scott Niedermayer's greatest games starting tonight at 8:00 pm on MSG Plus. MSG is celebrating the career of Niedermayer?leading up to the December 16th date when the New Jersey Devils retire his number 27 to the rafters.

The 5 games are:

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via Domenic who emailed me his list of Pro's and ?Con's of his experience at the Garden on Thursday:

**BRIDGES NEWS** I learned that the bridges will connect to the ends of the west end balcony and go to the other side.....SO that means if you are under the balcony in the 400s you will not be blocked by the bridges to garden vision views. Unfortunately, and those with season tickets on the west end in the 400s learned tonight, if you are anywhere behind I would say row E in the 400s, your not seeing garden vision because of the west balcony itself, and its a pretty crappy view.
So that answers some questions people have asked me about the bridge.
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Thursday night was something Rangers fans everywhere were looking forward to since April. ?While the game itself was was nothing to call home about, I was happy with how the renovation?transformation has gone so far.

  • One thing the Rangers promised with the renovations was better sight lines. Prior to the renovation, my family's seats were in Section 112 Row A. Our new seats in Section 114 Row 15 appear to be in the exact same location. ?The problem with our seats in 112 was that the "Legends Box" blocked our view of the goal. ?The new sight lines eliminate this obstruction.
  • The seats themselves are comfortable despite the slight decrease in leg room. Plus, they now have cup holders!
  • The Madison Concourse is wide open and very bright. I feel that the crowdedness was caused in part by many of the concessions being closed. It forced long lines at the few that were actually open which made it hard for people to walk. ?Additionally, the people who normally would have been walking around the concourse between the purple seats and the 100s level last year no longer had that option.
  • The new West Balcony was pretty cool. I didn't get a chance to watch the game from up there but the view was awesome. I'd love to watch a game from up there.
  • The new concession stands will begin opening in mid November.
I feel that the criticism The Rangers are getting from fans in the 300s and 400s ?is undeserved. There seems to be some sort of perceived injustice being carried out against what some refer to as the "true fans." First of all, the notion that true fans only sit in a certain place is ridiculous. Second of all, this is an ongoing construction project that has been very widely publicized and has been a long time coming. ?The fact that people are saying this is a money grab by the Dolans and Cablevision is insane. The Dolans are paying for the renovations entirely on their own. They have wanted to build a new Madison Square Garden for many years now.

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Update: 3:32PM: Evan, who has six seats in section 112 writes:

- In all of the new arenas, the leg room ?is less than in the "old MSG" due to the steepness of the gradient. ?Better sight lines (and the sight lines were much much improved) mean you have to go up instead of out and within a confined space, that means by definition, less width for leg room, especially because the Garden wants to maximize seating in the arena bowl itself. ?If anyone has ever seen a game at the Rock or at Verizon Center in Washington, they should understand.

- On the new Madison concourse, when all of the concessions are open, it will be fantastic and the lines won't be horrendous at all

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When the media were given a tour of Madison Square Garden last week, Newsday sports media writer Neil Best apparently stepped on the Rangers humongous logo in the locker room.

Best explains that Hank Ratner, CEO of The Garden, told the reporters not to step on the logo but small pieces of his shoe touched the logo.

CLICK HERE to see Best and the logo.

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Pat Leonard tweets that domestic beer, Bud Light, at MSG is going to be $9.50 for this season.

Imported beer, Heineken, will be $10.

Both are 22 ounces.

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Update: 10:57AM:

[blackbirdpie url="http://twitter.com/JoexA/status/127397859409670145"]

Original Post: As Madison Square Garden reopens on Thursday for the Rangers home opener, one of the most talked about features of the new MSG won't be premiering.

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A week from tonight the Rangers will return home and open up the renovated Madison Square Garden. Members of the media were given a tour yesterday and Lynn Zinser of the?NY Times said that while the concourses are wider, the actual arena renovations haven't changed the place that much

"From inside the arena bowl, the only noticeable difference is the new seats in the lower section, which are larger and cushier and a darker blue color. The upper deck renovations scheduled for next summer will significantly change the feel of the inside because the upper seats will be much closer to the playing surface. After Year 3, two catwalks will hang over the floor as well, with seating and a walkway for fans."
It had. been said that MSG would be unrecognizable.

MSG Company President Hank Ratner says that the idea was to keep the feel of the old MSG:

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Update:135PM

http://youtu.be/UdLvbJvNjz0

Original Post: 1:35PMvia Andrew Gross

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