A little over a month ago Barrett Sports Media reported a local Vegas sports radio station was going to avoid covering the city’s first professional sports franchise, the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights. That situation was soon resolved, but now Las Vegas hockey fans have more reason to worry.
According to NBC Las Vegas, COX Communications has yet to come to terms with AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain about providing the network to its local Vegas customers. Meaning, those Vegas customers are currently unable to watch their first professional sports franchise’s games.
Sunday was the Vegas Golden Knights first preseason game, scoring 9 goals against the Vancouver Canucks, yet much of Las Vegas, including team owner Bill Foley, was blocked out from watching the game.
A COX Communications spokesperson provided the following statement to NBC Las Vegas :
“We have begun discussions with AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain about the possibility of adding the network in our Las Vegas market. We hope that we can come to an agreement that allows our customers to watch the Golden Knights, but at a reasonable cost. We know that many Las Vegas viewers are enthusiastic about the Golden Knights debut, but sports programming comes at an extremely high price. As we continually adjust our channel line-up, we must consider the needs of all our customers, not just sports/Golden Knights fans, and protect the value of the products and services we provide.”
It’s always unfortunate when a cable dispute forces local fans to miss their local team’s games, but especially during a franchise’s inaugural season. There are approximately two weeks to go until the Golden Knights take the ice for their first professional game in Las Vegas and there are undoubtedly many eager fans. Hopefully, for all parties involved, a resolution between AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain and COX Communications will soon be reached.