Cablevision Loses on Mets Net


New York— A New York State Supreme Court Judge Thursday cleared the way for the 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 the Mets violated its current agreement with Cablevision’s Madison Square Garden Networks by teaming with Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable to launch a standalone regional sports service.

Even though the Mets exercised a contract option in August 2004 and paid Cablevision $54 million to terminate its deal at the end of the 2005 season — six years before it was set to expire — MSGN argued 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 regional sports network plans.

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