Knicks Fans Upset by Local TV Blackouts
So network executives invited the neighborhood to a hastily arranged all-you-can-eat dim sum party to explain their side of the dispute. There were translators and plenty of food, a life-size cardboard cutout of (Jeremy) Lin, and because the restaurant had a different cable provider, there was an actual live, legal telecast of the game on television.
There was not, however, a whole lot of peace and understanding. Instead, it was just another night of paradox and frustration: New York fans with perhaps the strongest affection for Lin unable to see him perform in their own homes.
Lin scored only 10 points Wednesday night as the Knicks beat the Sacramento Kings, 100-85, but he contributed 13 assists, a career high.
Vincent Lau, a Time Warner customer, heard about the event at the restaurant from his wife, and quickly ran over to be heard.
“It doesn’t make sense,” said Mr. Lau, 28, “for a New Yorker to not be able to watch their home teams.”