Golden Knights will be on Cox cable TV in Last Vegas after Cox-AT&T SportsNet deal today.

Golden Knights Games On Cox Cable TV In Las Vegas Thanks To 11th Hour AT&T SportsNet-Cox Deal

By ALAN SNEL

 

Golden Knights owner Bill Foley called it last month — a cable TV deal would be struck between Cox Communications and AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain to show Vegas Golden Knights games in Las Vegas before the season started.

 

Cox and AT&T SportsNet took broadcast negotiations right down to the wire Friday, but cut a deal just hours before the Golden Knights’ first game in franchise history for Cox to show Golden Knights games on local cable TV.

 

The Cox-AT&T SportsNet RM agreement takes effect immediately and will allow the live broadcast of the Golden Knights’ inaugural season’s first game at 5:30 p.m. in about a half-hour.

 

All Cox customers in Southern Nevada can watch the first-ever regular season game on Cox Channel 96 and Cox Channel 1096 in HD.

 

Starting tomorrow, the permanent home for AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain will be Cox Channel 313 and 1313 in HD available on the TV Essential cable package.

 

Foley told LVSportsBiz.com Sept. 18 that he believed a Cox-AT&T SportsNet deal would be done. Team President Kerry Bubolz said it’s common for local cable providers to make deals with broadcast rights holders right before the season starts.

 

In a press release that arrived 10 minutes before the puck dropped today, Foley said in a prepared statement, “We would like to thank both AT&T SportsNet and Cox for their commitment and dedication to reaching an agreement.
“There was a significant amount of work put in from both sides and we are appreciative of these efforts. Cox subscribers will be able to enjoy the excitement of Golden Knights hockey on AT&T SportsNet beginning tonight for our historic, inaugural game against the Dallas Stars.”

 

Cox and AT&T SportsNet (previously Root Sports) took negotiations right to the end on the very day that the Golden Knights were inaugurating their first season with a game against the Dallas Stars in Texas.

 

Golden Knights hockey is now on Cox cable TV.

 

Fans welcomed the news.

 

“I’m looking forward to being able watch the VGK from my home, hopefully tonight.  If not tonight, in the very near future,” Golden Knights fan Steve Kaiser said.

 

Kaiser said, “The deal with AT&T Sportsnet struck several months ago should have had a stipulation that if a deal with Cox could not be reached at least a certain number of days prior to the start of the season, that initial deal with ATT could be voided.

 

“Cox is the dominant force in Las Vegas cable and should have always been the team’s priority.  No matter how this agreement was finally reached, and thankfully it was, this last minute deal should be just the first step in the VGK’s making up for putting the home town fans in this situation,” Kaiser said.

 

Crisis averted. Golden Knights on local cable TV in Las Vegas.

 

AT&T Sports Net is a corporate sibling of DirecTV, which is also broadcasting Golden Knights hockey and is a rival of Cox Communications.  CenturyLink is also carrying the VGK broadcasts.

 

Contact LVSportsBiz.com founder/writer Alan Snel at asnel@LVSportsBiz.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alan Snel

Alan Snel brings decades of sports-business reporting experience to LVSportsBiz.com. Snel covered the business side of sports for the South Florida (Fort Lauderdale) Sun-Sentinel, the Tampa Tribune and Las Vegas Review-Journal. As a city hall beat reporter, Snel also covered stadium deals in Denver and Seattle. In 2000, Snel launched a sport-business website for FoxSports.com called FoxSportsBiz.com. After reporting sports-business for the RJ, Snel wrote hard-hitting stories on the Raiders stadium for the Desert Companion magazine in Las Vegas and The Nevada Independent. Snel is also one of the top bicycle advocates in the country.

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