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Cablevision Customers Miss Opening NLCS Game

Cablevision customers hoping to watch Game 1 of the National League Champion Series between the San Francisco Giants and Philadelphia Phillies on Fox were out of luck, thanks to a dispute between the cable network and News Corp.

The two sides walked away from negotiations on Saturday, hours before the first pitch of one of the most anticipated postseason pitching matchups in recent history between Roy Halladay and Tim Lincecum.

Three million customers in New York City (WNYW Channel 5 & WWOR 9) and Philadelphia (WTXF 9) are without their local Fox affiliates along with Fox Business, Nat Geo Wild and Fox Deportes. The channels went black shortly after midnight on Saturday.

Cablevision and News Corp. plan to meet again on Sunday.

“As long as there is a serious effort on the part of Cablevision, we will be at the table,” Fox spokesman Scott Grogin said Saturday. “We want to settle this as quickly as possible.”

If the two sides are unable to reach an agreement in the morning, Cablevision customers will also miss out on the Detroit Lions vs. New York Giants game along with Game 2 of the NLCS.

Better find that local bar and get there early to make sure you can grab a seat.

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SBD: Page Thompson Stepping Down at Golf Channel

Sports Business Daily’s John Ourand reports that Golf Channel president Page Thompson will be stepping down “by the end of the year.”

Ourand reports that Thompson told staff that he will be moving back to Philadelphia before Comcast, which owns Golf Channel, gets final regulatory approval to acquire NBC Universal. NBC Sports & Olympics chairman Dick Ebersol was spotted taking a tour of Golf Channel, which is based in Orlando, earlier this year.

It sounds like Thompson may be in line for a new gig at Comcast, though what that job is remains to be seen. he had been leading the network for the last three years.

Update: B&C‘s Jon Lafayette confirms that Thompson will be getting a more senior job at Comcast.