Hayden Goethe, Published October 19 2011
Fox Sports North, Cable One yet to reach deal on 30 additional Wild telecastsFARGO – Cable One subscribers will be feeling a similar effect during Minnesota Wild season as they did during the Twins season.
Cable One has not come to an agreement with Fox Sports North to carry 30 National Hockey League games featuring the Wild this season.
“It’s similar (to the Twins),” Fox Sports North Senior Vice President and General Manager Mike Dimond said of the situation.
Fox Sports North will carry 72 Wild games this season, which is 30 more than the previous season. Cable and satellite providers needed to re-negotiate their agreements with Fox Sports North in order to carry 72 games this year instead of the original 42 that were agreed upon.
According to Dimond, 98 percent of carriers of the Wild – including Mid-Continent Cable and satellite providers DirecTV and Dish Network – have agreements to carry the entire 72 games. Cable One will carry 42 until a deal is reached.
Cable One found itself in a similar position throughout the baseball season, missing out on 34 of Fox Sports North’s 150 telecasts for the Twins. The two sides never reached an agreement on the extra games.
The next Fox Sports North telecast of the Wild that won’t be available to Cable One customers is tonight’s matchup at Edmonton.
Dimond would not reveal what the cost would be for Cable One to carry the additional games, saying there are “confidentialities in all of this.”
A representative at Cable One said Wednesday that general manager Scott Geston was out of the office and unavailable for comment.
Dimond said that Fox Sports North has not had any recent discussions with Cable One regarding the games.
“We went to them as the season drew closer and closer, and they’re still taking the same position,” he said. “We continue to remain open.”
Fox Sports North games that won’t be available to Cable One customers
Today at Edmonton
Nov. 1 at Detroit
Nov. 3 Vancouver
Nov. 8 at Calgary
Nov. 10 at San Jose
Nov. 15 at Columbus
Nov. 23 Nashville
Nov. 30 at Edmonton
Dec. 2 New Jersey
Dec. 6 at San Jose
Dec. 8 at Los Angeles
Dec. 13 at Winnipeg
Dec. 20 at Calgary
Dec. 28 at Nashville
Dec. 29 Edmonton
Jan. 17 at Philadelphia
Jan. 31 Nashville
Feb. 7 at Columbus
Feb. 23 at Florida
March 1 at Montreal
March 11 Calgary
March 19 Vancouver
March 22 Calgary
March 24 at Buffalo
March 29 Florida
March 31 Los Angeles
April 1 at Chicago
April 3 at Nashville
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