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Sabres Extend MSG Contract

Friday, 09.01.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Sabres Extend MSG Contract

September 1, 2006

MSG Networks (MSG/FSN New York) announced today a 10-year extension to telecast the NHL's Buffalo Sabres games, in which MSG will own the exclusive local rights to telecast the team's games. The deal will start after the 2006-07 season, and run through the 2016-17 season. In addition, the Sabres will immediately take control of selling all commercial inventory during broadcasts for the upcoming season.

"The Buffalo Sabres are a major component of our sports programming, and this decade-long renewal showcases our significant commitment to hockey and to the Western New York community," said Michael Bair, president, MSG media. "MSG Networks own hockey in the New York area, and we are thrilled to make this long-term deal with the Sabres."

"This past seasons' TV ratings for the Sabres showed a dramatic increase as compared to past years," said B. Thomas Golisano, owner, Buffalo Sabres. "It demonstrated once again the terrific support by our fans in western New York. Our new partner, MSG, quickly grasped the enthusiasm here and wants to be a part of it for a long time."

With this new partnership, the Buffalo Sabres will be responsible for selling the commercial inventory for all broadcasts beginning with the 2006-07 season. This component will allow the organization to create long-term deals that will maximize revenue streams in partnerships that already exist with the Buffalo Sabres and within the HSBC Arena.

"We are extremely happy to announce this highly competitive, long-term partnership with MSG Networks," said Larry Quinn, managing partner, Buffalo Sabres. "Our close relationship with MSG Networks last year was a dramatic change from past TV deals. Furthermore, we feel this 10-year extension will vastly enhance and expand the level of regional coverage and broadcast expertise that we've always wanted from our television partner."

In addition to being home of the Sabres, MSG Networks award-winning programming line-up also boasts the Knicks, Rangers, Islanders, Devils, Liberty, Red Bulls, and over 300 live college football and basketball games. In addition, the network will launch new original programming this fall, including the 10-part documentary "The 50 Greatest Moments at Madison Square Garden."

MSG Networks (MSG and FSN New York), an industry leader in production and content development, is the nation's longest-running regional sports network broadcasting over 500 professional and collegiate sporting events a year with a full slate of Emmy Award-winning programs. The first regional sports network to produce games in HDTV and to offer its own VOD and podcast service, MSG is part of Madison Square Garden L.P. Cablevision Systems Corporation owns Madison Square Garden, L.P., which includes the New York Knicks (NBA); the New York Rangers (NHL); the New York Liberty (WNBA); MSG Entertainment; the Hartford Wolf Pack (American Hockey League), and the Madison Square Garden arena complex, located in the heart of the New York metropolitan area.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82