Neil Best leaves no stone unturned in the world of sports media.
MSG Media benefits from Islanders remaining on LI
The main element of my Friday newspaper column concerns the TV ramifications of a potential departure from Long Island by its professional hockey team.
Bottom line: There are good business reasons for the Islanders to stay and collect their generous rights fees from Cablevision / MSG, and there are good business reasons for Cablevision / MSG to want them to stay. (Cablevision owns both MSG and Newsday.)
Two additional things I could have pointed out:
As Rieber notes here, Newsday itself has business reasons to want the Isles to remain.
Also, before Isles fans attack me for this - actually, some already have - I understand many of you believe MSG does not promote Islanders programming with the same fervor it does Rangers stuff.
All I was pointing out in the piece is that from a business perspective, the network has nothing to gain from the Isles leaving the market.
Whew. Pitchers and catchers, where are you?