Cablevision Loses on Mets Net


A New York State Supreme Court judge Thursday cleared the way for Major League Baseball’s New York Mets to launch a stand-alone regional sports network next spring, tossing out a Cablevision Systems Corp. lawsuit filed last October to stymie the effort.

Justice Helen E. Freedman dismissed the Cablevision suit, which claimed that the team violated its current agreement with Cablevision’s Madison Square Garden Networks by teaming up with Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable to launch a stand-alone RSN.

Even though the Mets exercised a contract option in August 2004 and paid Cablevision $54 million to terminate their deal at the end of the 2005 season -- six years before it was set to expire -- MSGN argued that the club violated a clause that prevents it from shopping TV rights until Nov. 1, 2005.

Freedman last November also denied a Cablevision request for a temporary restraining order against the Mets’ stand-alone RSN plans.

Cablevision said in a prepared statement that it is “disappointed with the judge’s decision” and “currently exploring all of our options.”