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Friday, March 16th, 2012 at 11:00 am  |  17 responses

Knicks Fans Suing Time Warner Cable for Missing Out on ‘Linsanity’


An amazing, and hilarious lawsuit is being filed by New Yorkers against the cable giant, because it temporarily deprived them of the chance to witness Linsanity on their TV screens. From the Hollywood Reporter: “Headed into the team’s Feb. 4 match-up with the New Jersey Nets, the Knicks had a 8-15 record when an unheralded point guard from Harvard named Jeremy Lin stepped off the bench and scored 25 points. The team reeled off seven straight wins to get to 15-15, but many Knicks fans couldn’t see it because Time Warner and MSG were locked in a standoff over carriage fees. The dispute was settled on Feb. 17, bringing MSG back to television in much of the NY region. But some fans haven’t forgiven Time Warner Cable for robbing them of the opportunity to see 49 days of Linsanity. In an amended class action, a group of plaintiffs demand that the cable distributor reimburse them for more than $5 million in service fees and charges for withholding programming. The named plaintiff in this lawsuit is Harold Hoffman, who says he was induced on the phone by a TWC representative to sign up in 2008 for service with the promise he would receive programming on the MSG and MSG+ networks. Hoffman says he had little choice if he wanted to see televised games featuring the Knicks, Rangers, Islanders and Devils. No other cable service was available for his Englewood, New Jersey residence, and because he didn’t own his property, he wasn’t empowered to consent to the placement of a DirecTV satellite antenna on the property. So he signed up for TWC, and when the games were taken off the air for 49 days beginning at the beginning of this year, he couldn’t deduct from his billing statement the component of charges allowable to MSG and MSG+. He’s filed a lawsuit on behalf of all similarly situated individuals for redress.The games are now back on, but his lawsuit continues.”

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  • riggs

    Screw that, NBA TV was/is the better channel, MSG is garbage

  • RunNGun

    NBATV > MSG/YES

  • LA Huey

    Netflix automatically refunds you a prorated amount for any outages that occur. Instead of suing, consumers should switch their provider.

  • LA Huey

    And for those that can’t switch their services because it’s their only option, it’s just effing television. Find some other ish to do.

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  • noblenator23

    there should be a espy 30 for 30 on this in a few years

  • Smams

    I should sue as well, it was pretty horrible. They gave us nba tv when MSG was offline but due to the fight between twc and MSG we couldn’t view the game even when it aired on NBA tv. The fact is when people sign up for a cable distributor and are promised certain channels they expect to watch the certain channels and not hear excuses about reason why they’re not available because honestly time Warner isn’t cheap.

  • Heals

    @Huey, gotta love the new-age self-entitlement…

  • http://www.myspace.com/mikebone Simmy Sosa

    What, no emotional distress?

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    people who don’t live in NY/NJ area doesn’t know the pain of warner cable. there’s a really fun piece that the Daily Show did on this exact story. some chinese man who was angry he couldn’t watch Linsanity doing his thing told TWC to eat sh!t and scuk a d!ck, in chinese no less. it was hilarious. look it up.

  • http://www.myspace.com/mikebone Simmy Sosa

    You don’t have to be in NY to know the shadiness of Time Warner. It seems they specifically look for areas with no competitor so people don’t have an alternative to their spitty service.

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    I’m going to sue the NBA for not providing me with local games to watch because I live in the southern hemisphere. I have the money to buy the tickets, my location should not deprive me of my consumer’s right to excitement in person.

  • Justin G.

    Was Orange one of the plaintiffs?

  • Yesse

    So, i’m suppose to sue every sporting tv channels in my country, because i didn’t see Jeremy Lin?

    Not only would i lose the case, but i would look like a damn fool. Since this case is going to be handled in the USA, i wouldn’t be surprised if they get something for it.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Maybe people should read the story instead of crying crocodile tears for a massive billion-dollar media corporation. The plaintiffs’ lawsuit is very reasonable. Most of them have no alternative to Time Warner Cable (so it’s a monopoly in the first place) and their mean reason for signing up was to watch MSG… Obviously they want a refund for when the channel was blacked out (as anyone would) because who the hell wants to pay for a channel they can’t watch?

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    The lawsuit has nothing to do with Jeremy Lin. The title and sensationalism of that article is stoopid with two o’s.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Knicks fans are this desperate?

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