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Editorial note: This was meant to be posted earlier in the week, but we got sidetracked after that 7-0 game.

As wacky and upsetting as Saturday night's preemption of the Islanders-Devils game was, there was actually a time when you might have missed the game altogether. Way back when, in 1998 to be exact, there was actually a time when the Islanders wouldn't show up on the regional sports package that you paid for. Via the NYT archive:

[sny-box color=E6F1FF]Cablevision-run F.S.N.Y. refuses to carry Islanders games when they conflict with Devils games. Thus, viewers have seen only the Islanders-Boston telecast, not the games against Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and St. Louis.[/sny-box]

Tags: Islanders, james dolan, Editorial Aside, tv contract
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