Does it really work that way? I.e. the league determines where MSG can broadcast Rangers (or Islanders) vs. Sabres games, or what MSG channels DirectTV or the cable company chooses to carry for each package offered to consumers? I live 3 hours from Buffalo and 4 from NYC and get all the Rangers and the Sabres games without any special sports packages. If I switch providers that may no longer be true.
If you mean the definition of "in market" vs. "out of market" for NHL game packages (on DirectTV or online) then maybe that is by fiat of the NHL. BuI I have to believe they are drawing the lines to maximize revenue there as well, as opposed to 'fairness'.
My experience (granted it was a long time ago) was that once you hit Albany the Sabres/Rangers mix starts to tilt towards the Rangers, but Syracuse/Binghamton is still more Sabres area. I'm sure this is all known in some great detail by somebody at Google or FaceBook.
It does work that way because the league determines geographical territory for all the teams. Because NYC is so densely populated, to even things out, the league deems all of upstate ny Sabres territory.
For example, im in the Albany market and we get all of the Sabres games on MSG, and a portion of rags/ isles/ devils games. If the Sabres are on, Sabres take precedence. All about parity. That's how I became a Sabres fan. People here HATE it but I'm actually beginning to see young Sabres fans, proving it actually is effective.
Rags are still the most fan favorite in the Albany area, along with NJ (cause of our AHL history) and bruins. But if you want to follow a team in Albany without getting center ice, it's Sabres.http://thehockeywrit...t-rules-insane/http://1045theteam.c...lackout-policy/
Edited by Saratoga Sabres Fan, 10 May 2017 - 09:02 AM.