Yet another Islanders game I’m missing tonight.

I could watch the Cal -vs- Stanford game from last Saturday, but I think I’ll pass…

On GCL, I can watch Buffalo play Montreal in the ugly yellow 3rd jerseys, but I can’t watch the Islanders. What gives NHL? I live closer to Buffalo and I can watch their games, but not the Islanders due to location restrictions… This is some BS!

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But what happens when I have two overlapping local markets, and one (Buffalo) gets preferential treatment over the other (Islanders). Why am I punished for living in an area that has 4 home hockey teams?

And it still doesn’t anwser why I can watch Buffalo games on GCL…

So my brother pointed out that the Albany Times Union newspaper had a blog post covering the blackout schedule for NHL games being covered locally in Albany. The same restrictions apply here in Syracuse as well.

By the new year, I’ve missed half the games due to blackouts, though towards the end of the season, things shake out so I miss only 12 more games due to blackouts, whether these games are being broadcast nationally, afternoon matinees or west coast road trips that generally don’t get blacked out. However, I’ll see what does occur once the season pans out.

My question is though… how does the NHL propose that I can watch those 32 games I am blacked out from?

Friday, Oct. 4
7:00: N.Y. Islanders at New Jersey (blacked out) (blackouts = 1, broadcasts = 0)
7:00: Ottawa at Buffalo, MSG

Saturday, Oct. 5
7:00: Columbus at N.Y. Islanders, MSG+  (1, 1)
7:00: Buffalo at Pittsburgh, MSG
7:00: Detroit at Boston, NHL Network

Tuesday, Oct. 8
7:00: Phoenix at N.Y. Islanders (blacked out)  (2, 1)
7:30: Tampa Bay at Buffalo, NBCSN
10:00: New Jersey at Vancouver, MSG+
10:30: N.Y. Rangers at San Jose, MSG

Friday, Oct. 11
8:00: N.Y. Islanders at Chicago, MSG+ (2, 2)
9:00: New Jersey at Calgary, MSG+2

Saturday, Oct. 12
8:00: N.Y. Rangers at St. Louis, MSG
8:00: N.Y. Islanders at Nashville (blacked out) (3, 2)
8:00: Buffalo at Chicago, MSG+

Tuesday, Oct. 15
7:00: Buffalo at N.Y. Islanders, MSG  (3, 3)
7:30: Columbus at Detroit, NHL Network
8:00: San Jose at St. Louis, NBCSN

Thursday, Oct. 17
7:00: Edmonton at N.Y. Islanders (blacked out) (4, 3)
7:00: Vancouver at Buffalo, MSG+
7:00: Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, NHL Network
7:30: New Jersey at Ottawa (blacked out)

Saturday, Oct. 19
1:00: Vancouver at Pittsburgh, NHL Network
7:00: N.Y. Rangers at New Jersey (blacked out) (5, 3)
7:00: Carolina at N.Y. Islanders (blacked out)
7:00: Colorado at Buffalo, MSG
7:00: Toronto at Chicago, NHL Network

Tuesday, Oct. 22
7:00: New Jersey at Columbus, MSG
7:00: Vancouver at N.Y. Islanders, MSG+ (5, 4)
8:00: Nashville at Minnesota, NBCSN

Friday, Oct. 25
7:00: N.Y. Islanders at Pittsburgh (blacked out) (6, 4)
7:30: Buffalo at Florida, MSG+
7:30: Anaheim at Ottawa, NHL Network

Saturday, Oct. 26
7:00: N.Y. Rangers at Detroit, MSG
7:00: New Jersey at Boston (blacked out)
7:00: Philadelphia at N.Y. Islanders (blacked out) (7, 4)
7:00: Buffalo at Tampa Bay, MSG+

Tuesday, Oct. 29
7:00: N.Y. Rangers at N.Y. Islanders, MSG, MSG+ (7, 5)
7:30: Tampa Bay at New Jersey, NBCSN

Friday, Nov. 1
7:00: Washington at Philadelphia, NHL Network
7:30: N.Y. Islanders at Ottawa, MSG+ (7, 6)

Saturday, Nov. 2
3:00: Chicago at Winnipeg, NHL Network
7:00: Carolina at N.Y. Rangers (blacked out)
7:00: Philadelphia at New Jersey (blacked out)
7:00: Boston at N.Y. Islanders (blacked out) (8, 6)
7:00: Anaheim at Buffalo, MSG

Tuesday, Nov. 5
7:00: N.Y. Islanders at Washington, MSG+ (8, 7)
7:30: Philadelphia at Carolina, NBCSN
10:30: Buffalo at San Jose, MSG

Thursday, Nov. 7
7:00: N.Y. Rangers at Columbus, MSG
7:00: New Jersey at Philadelphia, MSG+
7:00: N.Y. Islanders at Carolina (blacked out) (9, 7)
10:30: Buffalo at Los Angeles, MSG

Saturday, Nov. 9
1:00: Edmonton at Philadelphia, NHL Network
7:00: N.Y. Islanders at Columbus, MSG+ (9, 8)
7:00: Toronto at Boston, NHL Network

Sunday, Nov. 10
6:00: N.Y. Islanders at Montreal (blacked out) (10, 8)
7:00: Florida at N.Y. Rangers, MSG
7:00: Nashville at New Jersey, MSG+

Tuesday, Nov. 12
7:00: New Jersey at N.Y. Rangers (blacked out)
7:00: Nashville at N.Y. Islanders (blacked out) (11, 8)
7:00: Los Angeles at Buffalo, MSG
8:00: Phoenix at St. Louis, NBCSN

Thursday, Nov. 14
7:00: Los Angeles at N.Y. Islanders, MSG+ (11, 9)
7:00: Columbus at Boston, NHL Network

Saturday, Nov. 16
7:00: N.Y. Rangers at Montreal (blacked out)
7:00: Pittsburgh at New Jersey (blacked out)
7:00: Detroit at N.Y. Islanders (blacked out) (12, 9)
7:00: Buffalo at Toronto, MSG+

Tuesday, Nov. 19
7:00: N.Y. Islanders at Toronto (blacked out) (13, 9)
7:00: St. Louis at Buffalo, MSG
7:30: Boston at N.Y. Rangers (blacked out)

Friday, Nov. 22
7:00: N.Y. Islanders at Pittsburgh, MSG+ (13, 10)

Saturday, Nov. 23
1:00: Carolina at Boston, NHL Network
7:00: N.Y. Islanders at Philadelphia, MSG+ (13, 11)
7:00: Washington at Toronto, NHL Network
8:00: N.Y. Rangers at Nashville (blacked out)
10:00: Chicago at Vancouver, NHL Network
10:30: New Jersey at San Jose, MSG+

Wednesday, Nov. 27
7:00: Carolina at New Jersey (blacked out)
7:00: Winnipeg at N.Y. Islanders (blacked out) (14, 11)
7:00: Montreal at Buffalo, MSG
7:30: N.Y. Rangers at Florida (blacked out)
7:30: Boston at Detroit, NBCSN
7:30: Philadelphia at Tampa Bay, NHL Network

Friday, Nov. 29
1:00: N.Y. Rangers at Boston, NBC
4:00: Detroit at N.Y. Islanders, MSG+ (14, 12)
5:00: Montreal at Washington, NHL Network
7:00: New Jersey at Carolina (blacked out)
7:30: Toronto at Buffalo, MSG+
8:30: Chicago at Dallas, NHL Network

Saturday, Nov. 30
2:00: Vancouver at N.Y. Rangers, MSG
7:00: Washington at N.Y. Islanders, MSG+ (14, 13)
7:00: Buffalo at New Jersey, MSG, MSG
7:00: Toronto at Montreal, NHL Network

Tuesday, Dec. 3
7:00: Pittsburgh at N.Y. Islanders, MSG+ (14, 14)
8:00: Dallas at Chicago, NBCSN

Thursday, Dec. 5
7:00: N.Y. Rangers at Buffalo, MSG
8:00: N.Y. Islanders at St. Louis (blacked out) (15, 14)
8:00: Chicago at Minnesota, NHL Network

Saturday, Dec. 7
7:00: Buffalo at Montreal, MSG+
7:00: Pittsburgh at Boston, NHL Network
7:30: New Jersey at N.Y. Rangers, MSG
10:30: N.Y. Islanders at Los Angeles, MSG+  (15, 15)

Monday, Dec. 9
7:30: Columbus at Pittsburgh, NBCSN
10:00: N.Y. Islanders at Anaheim, MSG+  (15, 16)

Tuesday, Dec. 10
7:00: New Jersey at Columbus (blacked out)
7:00: Ottawa at Buffalo, MSG+
7:30: Nashville at N.Y. Rangers, NBCSN
10:30: N.Y. Islanders at San Jose, MSG+ (15, 16)

Thursday, Dec. 12
7:00: Columbus at N.Y. Rangers, MSG
7:00: Montreal at Philadelphia, NHL Network
7:30: Buffalo at Ottawa, MSG+
9:00: N.Y. Islanders at Phoenix (blacked out) (16, 16)

Saturday, Dec. 14
2:00: Calgary at Buffalo, MSG
2:00: Los Angeles at Ottawa, NHL Network
7:00: Tampa Bay at New Jersey, MSG+
7:00: Montreal at N.Y. Islanders (blacked out) (17, 16)
7:00: Pittsburgh at Detroit, NHL Network

Tuesday, Dec. 17
7:00: Tampa Bay at N.Y. Islanders (blacked out) (18, 16)
7:00: Winnipeg at Buffalo, MSG
7:30: Washington at Philadelphia, NBCSN

Friday, Dec. 20
7:00: N.Y. Islanders at N.Y. Rangers, MSG (18, 17)
7:00: Anaheim at New Jersey, MSG+
8:00: Vancouver at Chicago, NHL Network

Saturday, Dec. 21
4:00: Colorado at Los Angeles, NHL Network
7:00: New Jersey at Washington (blacked out)
7:00: Anaheim at N.Y. Islanders, MSG+ (18, 18)
7:00: Buffalo at Boston, MSG
7:00: Detroit at Toronto, NHL Network

Monday, Dec. 23
7:00: Toronto at N.Y. Rangers (blacked out)
7:00: Phoenix at Buffalo, MSG+
7:30: N.Y. Islanders at Detroit (blacked out) (19, 18)
7:30: Minnesota at Philadelphia, NBCSN
8:00: New Jersey at Chicago (blacked out)

Saturday, Dec. 28
7:00: New Jersey at N.Y. Islanders, MSG+ (19, 19)
7:00: Detroit at Florida, NHL Network

Sunday, Dec. 29
5:00: Washington at Buffalo, MSG
7:00: N.Y. Rangers at Tampa Bay (blacked out)
8:00: N.Y. Islanders at Minnesota, MSG+ (19, 20)

Tuesday, Dec. 31
1:00: Pittsburgh at New Jersey, MSG+
5:00: N.Y. Rangers at Florida, MSG
7:00: N.Y. Islanders at Boston (blacked out) (20, 20)
7:00: Buffalo at Winnipeg, MSG+

Thursday, Jan. 2
7:00: Chicago at N.Y. Islanders, MSG+ (20, 21)
8:00: Buffalo at Minnesota, MSG+

Saturday, Jan. 4
7:00: N.Y. Rangers at Toronto (blacked out)
7:00: Carolina at N.Y. Islanders (blacked out) (21, 21)
7:00: New Jersey at Buffalo, MSG

Monday, Jan. 6
7:00: Columbus at N.Y. Rangers, MSG
7:00: Dallas at N.Y. Islanders, MSG+ (21, 22)

Tuesday, Jan. 7
7:00: N.Y. Islanders at Toronto (blacked out) (22, 22)
7:00: Carolina at Buffalo, MSG+
7:30: Philadelphia at New Jersey, NBCSN

Friday, Jan. 10
7:00: Dallas at N.Y. Rangers, MSG
9:00: N.Y. Islanders at Colorado, MSG+ (22, 23)

Sunday, Jan. 12
3:00: Buffalo at Washington, MSG
6:00: N.Y. Islanders at Dallas, MSG+ (22, 24)
7:00: New Jersey at Toronto, MSG
7:00: Philadelphia at N.Y. Rangers, NBCSN

Tuesday, Jan. 14
7:00: Tampa Bay at N.Y. Rangers (blacked out)
7:30: New Jersey at Montreal (blacked out)
7:30: N.Y. Islanders at Florida (blacked out) (23, 24)
7:30: Philadelphia at Buffalo, NBCSN

Thursday, Jan. 16
7:00: Detroit at N.Y. Rangers, MSG2
7:30: N.Y. Islanders at Tampa Bay, MSG+ (23, 25)
8:00: Los Angeles at St. Louis, NBCSN
9:00: New Jersey at Colorado (blacked out)

Saturday, Jan. 18
2:00: N.Y. Rangers at Ottawa, MSG
7:00: N.Y. Islanders at Philadelphia (blacked out) (24, 25)
7:00: Columbus at Buffalo, MSG
7:00: Montreal at Toronto, NHL Network
8:00: New Jersey at Phoenix (blacked out)

Monday, Jan. 20
1:00: Philadelphia at N.Y. Islanders, MSG+ (24, 26)

Tuesday, Jan. 21
7:00: N.Y. Islanders at N.Y. Rangers (blacked out) (25, 26)
7:00: St. Louis at New Jersey (blacked out)
7:00: Florida at Buffalo, MSG
8:00: Minnesota at Dallas, NBCSN

Thursday, Jan. 23
7:00: St. Louis at N.Y. Rangers (blacked out)
7:00: Carolina at Buffalo, MSG
7:30: Pittsburgh at N.Y. Islanders, NBCSN (25, 27)

Saturday, Jan. 25
1:00: St. Louis at N.Y. Islanders, MSG+ (25, 28)
1:00: Boston at Philadelphia, NHL Network
7:00: Buffalo at Columbus, MSG
9:30: Anaheim at Los Angeles (at Dodger Stadium), NBCSN

Monday, Jan. 27
7:00: Boston at N.Y. Islanders, MSG+ (25, 29)
7:30: Buffalo at Pittsburgh, NBCSN
10:00: Los Angeles at San Jose, NBCSN

Wednesday, Jan. 29
7:30: N.Y. Rangers vs. N.Y. Islanders (at Yankee Stadium), NBCSN (25, 30)

Friday, Jan. 31
7:00: N.Y. Islanders at N.Y. Rangers, MSG (25, 31)
8:00: New Jersey at Nashville, MSG+

Tuesday, Feb. 4
7:00: Colorado at N.Y. Rangers, MSG
7:30: N.Y. Islanders at Washington, NBCSN (25, 32)

Thursday, Feb. 6
7:00: Edmonton at N.Y. Rangers, MSG
7:00: Calgary at N.Y. Islanders (blacked out) (26, 32)
7:30: Buffalo at Ottawa, MSG+
8:00: Boston at St. Louis, NBCSN

Saturday, Feb. 8
1:00: Calgary at Philadelphia, NHL Network
6:00: Vancouver at Toronto, NHL Network
7:00: Colorado at N.Y. Islanders, MSG+ (26, 33)
8:00: New Jersey at Washington, MSG

Thursday, Feb. 27
7:00: Columbus at New Jersey, MSG+2
7:00: Chicago at N.Y. Rangers, MSG
7:00: Toronto at N.Y. Islanders, MSG+ (26, 34)

Saturday, March 1
1:00: N.Y. Rangers at Philadelphia, MSG
1:00: New Jersey at N.Y. Islanders, MSG+ (26, 35)
1:00: Washington at Boston, NHL Network
8:00: Pittsburgh at Chicago (at Soldier Field), TBD

Sunday, March 2
12:30: Philadelphia at Washington, NBC/NBCSN
3:00: San Jose at New Jersey, MSG
3:00: Florida at N.Y. Islanders, MSG+ (26, 36)
4:00: Ottawa at Vancouver, NBCSN
7:00: Boston at N.Y. Rangers, NBCSN

Tuesday, March 4
7:00: Detroit at New Jersey, MSG
8:00: N.Y. Islanders at Winnipeg, MSG+ (26, 37)
8:00: Tampa Bay at St. Louis, NBCSN

Thursday, March 6
7:30: Buffalo at Tampa Bay, MSG
7:30: Colorado at Detroit, NHL Network
9:30: N.Y. Islanders at Edmonton, MSG+ (26, 38)

Friday, March 7
7:00: N.Y. Rangers at Carolina, MSG2
7:30: New Jersey at Detroit (blacked out)
7:30: Buffalo at Florida, MSG+
9:00: N.Y. Islanders at Calgary (blacked out) (27, 38)

Monday, March 10
7:00: Pittsburgh at Washington, NHL Network
10:00: N.Y. Islanders at Vancouver, MSG+ (27, 39)

Friday, March 14
7:00: San Jose at N.Y. Islanders, MSG+ (27, 40)
7:30: New Jersey at Florida (blacked out)
8:00: N.Y. Rangers at Winnipeg, MSG
8:00: Nashville at Chicago, NHL Network

Saturday, March 15
1:00: Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, NHL Network
7:00: New Jersey at Tampa Bay, MSG
7:00: Buffalo at N.Y. Islanders, MSG+ (27, 41)
7:00: Ottawa at Montreal, NHL Network

Tuesday, March 18
7:00: Boston at New Jersey, MSG+
7:00: Minnesota at N.Y. Islanders (blacked out) (28, 41)
7:30: N.Y. Rangers at Ottawa, MSG
7:30: Chicago at Philadelphia, NBCSN
9:00: Buffalo at Calgary, MSG+

Sunday, March 23
1:00: Columbus at N.Y. Islanders, MSG+ (28, 42)
1:00: St. Louis at Pittsburgh, NHL Network
7:00: Toronto at New Jersey, MSG+
7:30: Minnesota at Detroit, NBCSN
8:00: Buffalo at Vancouver, MSG+

Tuesday, March 25
7:00: N.Y. Islanders at Carolina, MSG+ (28, 43)
7:30: Buffalo at Montreal, MSG
7:30: Detroit at Columbus, NBCSN

Thursday, March 27
7:00: Phoenix at New Jersey (blacked out)
7:00: Chicago at Boston, NHL Network
7:30: N.Y. Islanders at Tampa Bay, MSG+ (28, 44)
8:00: Buffalo at Nashville, MSG

Saturday, March 29
7:00: New Jersey at N.Y. Islanders (blacked out) (29, 44)
7:00: Tampa Bay at Buffalo, MSG

Tuesday, April 1
7:00: Florida at N.Y. Islanders (blacked out) (30, 44)
7:00: New Jersey at Buffalo, MSG
8:00: Philadelphia at St. Louis, NBCSN
10:00: N.Y. Rangers at Vancouver, MSG

Wednesday, April 2
7:00: N.Y. Islanders at Ottawa, MSG+ (30, 45)
8:00: Boston at Detroit, NBCSN
10:30: Phoenix at Los Angeles, NBCSN

Saturday, April 5
1:00: Philadelphia at Boston, NHL Network
5:00: Washington at N.Y. Islanders, MSG+ (30, 46)
7:00: New Jersey at Carolina (blacked out)
7:00: Ottawa at N.Y. Rangers, MSG
7:00: Detroit at Montreal, NHL Network

Sunday, April 6
6:00: N.Y. Islanders at Columbus, MSG+ (30, 47)
7:30: Buffalo at Philadelphia, NBC/NBCSN
7:30: St. Louis at Chicago, NBC/NBCSN

Tuesday, April 8
7:00: Carolina at N.Y. Rangers (blacked out)
7:00: Ottawa at N.Y. Islanders (blacked out) (31, 47)
7:00: Detroit at Buffalo, MSG
8:00: Washington at St. Louis, NBCSN

Thursday, April 10
7:00: Buffalo at N.Y. Rangers, MSG
7:30: New Jersey at Ottawa, MSG+
7:30: N.Y. Islanders at Montreal (blacked out) (32, 47)
8:00: St. Louis at Minnesota, NBCSN

Friday, April 11
7:30: N.Y. Islanders at New Jersey, NBCSN (32, 48)

Sunday, April 13
3:00: Boston at New Jersey, NBC/NBCSN
3:00: Detroit at St. Louis, NBC/NBCSN
3:00: Boston at New Jersey (blacked out)
5:00: N.Y. Islanders at Buffalo, MSG (32, 49)

Somehow my math isn’t correct, as I’m showing 32 blackouts and 49 broadcasts = 81 games. Maybe they missed one game in the Times Union article…

YES… that would be the Buffalo Sabres game on Game Center, and yes my IP Address says I am in Liverpool New York. No proxies or anything…

According to the NHL, it should be impossible for me to watch Buffalo on Game Center while living in their home market… but yet I can.

Why can’t watch the Islanders if I can watch Buffalo on GCL? What gives?

So tonight’s Islanders game against the Nashville Predators which would be regularly broadcast on MSG+ is getting blacked out because the Buffalo Sabres are playing the Los Angeles Kings at the same time.

I get this… I live closer to Buffalo, in an area that could be considered a “home market”.

What I get to watch in place of the Islanders game? Kansas -vs- Oklahoma State, a game that took place this past Saturday. I already know the outcome of that game (http://espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?id=333130197)

Thanks NHL, MSG and Verizon FiOS again for squandering an opportunity to watch a game.

I just wanted to show the coverage map of how the NHL and the cable companies have divided up New York State into coverage regions for broadcast games. The “exclusive” areas marked in yellow and orange show where Buffalo has exclusive rights to broadcast (Western New York) and where the 3 NYC Metro teams have exclusive rights (Hudson Valley and NYC area). Everywhere else in New York State falls under this fuzzy zone of dual coverages, where both Buffalo and the 3 NYC teams claim as a “home market” for broadcast rights.
As the NHL contract seems to stipulate exclusivity by county, I’ve identified the counties in New York that apply. As I live in Onondaga County, I am blacked out of Islander games on television whenever Buffalo plays, which is understandable because of my proximity to Buffalo. However, my brother who lives in Schenectady County is also blocked out of New York Islander games when Buffalo plays.
So how many more Sabres fans are there in the Capital region then there are Rangers, Devils and Islanders fans? The Devils have their AHL franchise in Albany, but residents of Albany can’t watch the Devils play when Buffalo is also on TV? What gives?
How many Rangers, Islanders and Devils fans are there in Seneca Falls? Potsdam?

I just wanted to show the coverage map of how the NHL and the cable companies have divided up New York State into coverage regions for broadcast games. The “exclusive” areas marked in yellow and orange show where Buffalo has exclusive rights to broadcast (Western New York) and where the 3 NYC Metro teams have exclusive rights (Hudson Valley and NYC area). Everywhere else in New York State falls under this fuzzy zone of dual coverages, where both Buffalo and the 3 NYC teams claim as a “home market” for broadcast rights.

As the NHL contract seems to stipulate exclusivity by county, I’ve identified the counties in New York that apply. As I live in Onondaga County, I am blacked out of Islander games on television whenever Buffalo plays, which is understandable because of my proximity to Buffalo. However, my brother who lives in Schenectady County is also blocked out of New York Islander games when Buffalo plays.

So how many more Sabres fans are there in the Capital region then there are Rangers, Devils and Islanders fans? The Devils have their AHL franchise in Albany, but residents of Albany can’t watch the Devils play when Buffalo is also on TV? What gives?

How many Rangers, Islanders and Devils fans are there in Seneca Falls? Potsdam?