If Golden Knights aren’t on Cox Cable, team should be embarrassed

First, a disclaimer: It might work out.

There might be an 11th-hour deal.

Every word from this sentence on might prove meaningless.

Joe from Henderson and Mary from Summerlin and Marty from Centennial Hills might sit down on their respective couches Friday night, turn on their televisions with Cox Cable as the provider and switch to a channel showing the Vegas Golden Knights.

Which would be a fitting and terrific conclusion.

But if it doesn’t, one word describes the current TV deal for the Knights: Embarrassing.

OK, another: Inexcusable.

OK, a third: Absurd.

We are 36 hours from the Knights playing at Dallas and officially bringing Las Vegas its first major league professional sports franchise, and as things stood Wednesday afternoon, the valley’s largest cable provider still doesn’t offer a channel that will show the team.

And that blame lies directly at the skates of the Knights, because that’s where fans will rightly place it.

They’re all that matters when you’re an NHL team needing support as you navigate expansion waters of guaranteed losing for the immediate future.

This thing was backward from the outset.

When the Knights chose to partner with AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain, they knew Cox didn’t offer the channel. In their bizarre and somewhat tiring fascination with becoming the Team of the Rocky Mountains, the Knights forgot first and foremost about being the Team of Las Vegas.

Bill Foley is a team owner with a deep love of all things Montana, but his team should have done everything possible to ensure this initial TV deal included a provider that has a channel on both Cox and DirectTV, the latter of which offers AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain. CenturyLink will also show the games.

It’s not Cox.

It’s not close.

“We really didn’t have much serious interest from people like Cox or Fox Sports West,” Foley said. “We had one other option, but it wasn’t close financially when compared to AT&T SportsNet.

“Sure, I’m concerned. I have some angst. We need to get this done. I know (AT&T SportsNet and Cox) continue to talk. Those at AT&T are intelligent people and I would urge them to please get something done with Cox. I’m still hopeful.

“But it’s really out of our hands. We’re sort of the third party.”

So the AT&T SportsNet deal was worth more money.

But at what cost, really?

Fans don’t want to hear about negotiations between cable companies or if Cox really has turned down countless offers from AT&T. None of that means squat to them.

All anyone who has Cox cable and wants to follow the team knows is that they’re being asked to purchase tickets and merchandise, and all the while they can’t watch games on TV.

So they’re going to blame the team, and that’s more than fair.

Do you know why this isn’t anything like the continuing mess that is the Dodgers cable fiasco?

Because that franchise has a global fan base that stretches six decades, and that’s just from when they arrived in Los Angeles. Dodgers fans might be incredibly angry over not being able to watch them on TV — I should know, I’m one — but it’s not going to cause a majority of them to root for another baseball team.

The Knights haven’t played a real game yet, for goodness sake, and they’re about to potentially alienate this large of a percentage of people being asked to follow and cheer and financially support them?

Nobody cares if you’re a third party. Fans don’t think like that.

And who in the world thought negotiations between direct cable competitors would go smoothly?

When was the last time Pepsi went out of its way to help Coke?

Cox Communications updated a statement this week that said it is continuing discussions with AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain about the possibility of adding the network in Las Vegas, that “as we continually adjust our channel line-up, we must consider the needs of all our customers, not just sports/Golden Knights fans.”

“We hope that we can come to an agreement that allows our customers to watch the Golden Knights, but at a reasonable cost,” said Juergen Barbusca, manager of communications and public and government affairs for Cox Communications.

Maybe that happens before the puck is dropped in Dallas.

Maybe there is an 11th-hour deal.

If so, great. It would be a victory for everyone.

Maybe this is all proven meaningless.

But from the beginning, the Knights should have let the Good of People of Whitefish worry about not having a provider that showed the team. Instead, it might be the Good People of Henderson and Summerlin.




Third party excuses are not acceptable in this case. Passing the buck, or puck, or whatever, is laughable.

This thing was backward from the outset.

Contact columnist Ed Graney at egraney@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-4618. He can be heard on “The Press Box,” ESPN Radio 100.9 FM and 1100 AM from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Follow @edgraney on Twitter.

Golden Knights Videos
Golden Edge: Off Season Update
Golden Edge host Bryan Salmond and sports columnist Ed Graney go over the Knights free angency and signing Marc-Andre Fleury.
Fleury on his three-year extension: To stay in Vegas a long time was big
Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury said he's glad he'll be a part of the team for a long time. Fleury spoke about signing a three-year contract extension at a news conference at the City National Arena in Las Vegas on Friday.
Las Vegas Morning Update - Thursday, July 5
Las Vegas Morning Update - Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Golden Edge: Free Agency Update
Golden Edge host Bryan Salmond and Golden Knights beat writer David Schoen go over the latest free agency news from the Vegas Golden Knights.
Golden Edge: Knights Host Scrimmage
Golden Edge host Bryan Salmond goes over the Knights second day of scrimmage at City National Arena.
Golden Edge: Prospects Prepare For Scrimmage
Golden Edge host Bryan Salmond goes over the Knights getting ready to participate in a scrimmage for the next few days.
Golden Edge: Previous Prospects Fight For Spot
Golden Edge host Bryan Salmond goes over day two of the Golden Knights development camp.
Golden Edge: One-On-One With Reid Duke
Golden Edge host Bryan Salmond interviews Golden Knights prospect Reid Duke.
Las Vegas Morning Update - Wednesday, June 27
Golden Edge: Golden Knights Development Camp
Golden Edge host Bryan Salmond goes over the Golden Knights development camp and how the prospects are looking to improve their game.
Las Vegas Morning Update - Tuesday, June 26, 2018
David Perron, James Neal set to leave Golden Knights
David Perron, James Neal set to leave Golden Knights Perron and Neal were key contributors on the second line for the Knights, helping the expansion team to the Pacific Division and Western Conference championships. Perron’s agent, Allan Walsh, told the Review-Journal on Sunday that the Knights have not made a new contract offer since the season ended. Neal turned down a five-year, $25 million offer from the Knights at the trade deadline, according to the Calgary Sun.
Golden Edge 2018 NHL Draft Recap
Bryan Salmond Recaps The Vegas Golden Knights 2018 Draft picks Rounds 2-7.
Golden Edge : NHL Draft Round 1
Golden Edge host Bryan Salmond goes over the first round of the NHL Draft picks and the rumors surrounding the Knights recruiting Ilya Kovalchuk.
Golden Knights 2018 NHL Draft Preview
Golden Edge video host Bryan Salmond provides a preview heading into the 2018 NHL Draft and Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee discusses how the team has prepared for it.
Golden Knights Release Schedule For 2018-19 NHL Season
Golden Knights release schedule for 2018-19 NHL season. The Golden Knights will play five of their first six games on the road. The Knights are at Washington on Oct. 10 in a rematch of the Stanley Cup Final and face Pittsburgh the following night. The NHL previously announced the Knights open the season at home Oct. 4 against Philadelphia.
Las Vegas Morning Update - Thursday, June 21
Golden Edge: Knights Take Home Four Awards
Golden Edge host Bryan Salmond recaps the NHL awards where the Golden Knights won in four of the categories.
George McPhee On Winning General Manager Of The Year
Golden Knights General Manager George Mcphee talks about winning General Manager of the Year and the Golden Knights.
Deryk Engelland On Winning Mark Messier Award
Golden Knights defenseman Deryk Engelland talks about winning the Mark Messier award how much impact a team can have on a community.
Gerard Gallant On Winning Jack Adams Award
Golden Knights head coach Gerard Gallant talks about winning the Jack Adams award at the NHL Awards.
William Karlsson On Winning The Lady Byng Memorial Trophy
William Karlsson goes over the Golden Knights season and him winning the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy.
Bark-Andre Furry meets Capitals superfan Ovie the Bulldog
Two of NHL's furriest fans met at the Forum Shops in Caesars Palace on Tuesday, June 18, 2018, in Las Vegas. Vegas Golden Knights superfan Bark-Andre Furry and Washington Capitals superfan Ovie the Bulldog shared a plate of meatballs and spaghetti with help from Logan, "The Girl with the Hat." (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Las Vegas Morning Update - Tuesday, June 19
Golden Knights release 2018 preseason schedule
The Golden Knights will be back on the ice at T-Mobile Arena Sept. 16. The team’s 2018 NHL preseason schedule was announced Monday. Scheduled is a matchup with the L.A. Kings — Sept. 20 at Staples Center and Sept. 28 at T-Mobile. Two games against the Colorado Avalanche — Sept. 18 in Denver and Sept. 24 at T-Mobile. Two games against the San Jose Sharks — Sept. 22 at San Jose and Sept. 30 in Las Vegas. The team also announced it will hold its training camp at City National Arena beginning Sept. 13.
Golden Edge Look Ahead: What The Knights Next Season Will Look Like
Golden Edge host Bryan Salmond, Review-Journals sports columnist Ed Graney and Adam Hill go over what to expect from the Golden Knights next season.
Las Vegas Morning Update - Thursday, June 14
Golden Edge: Golden Knights Stick Salute To Fans
The Vegas Golden Knights host a fan fest on Fremont Street to celebrate the teams achievements throughout the 2017-2018 season. Fans were treated to live entertainment, free Golden Knights merchandise and the players came out to see fans.
David Perron talks about becoming a free agent
Vegas Golden Knights winger David Perron talked to the news media a day after their season ended in the Stanley Cup Final. Perron said he wants to stay in Las Vegas. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Knights' season ends, but accomplishments stand
Take a video tour through the Golden Knights' accomplishments in their inaugural season.
Golden Knights fans give advice to their team
Golden Knights fans give advice to the team as they head into Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final down 3-1 against the Washington Capitals. (Rochelle Richards/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Knights fans swarm T-Mobile Arena for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final
Vegas Golden Knights fans party at Toshiba Plaza outside T-Mobile Arena before Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Washington Capitals on May 30, 2018 in Las Vegas.
Crowd goes crazy moments before puck drop
The crowd at T-Mobile Arena goes crazy moments before the puck drops in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Vegas Golden Knights and the Washington Capitals, Monday, May 28, 2018 in Las Vegas. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Golden Knights fans swarm T-Mobile Arena before Game 1
Golden Knights fans swarm T-Mobile Arena before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Washington Capitals, Monday, May 28, 2018 in Las Vegas. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Ryan Reaves becomes Golden Knights' latest unlikely hero
Ryan Reaves has become the Golden Knights latest unlikely hero. Reaves scored the series-clinching goal in the Western Conference Finals. It was his first goal with the Golden Knights. It came after Reaves sat for Vegas' first nine playoff games. Now he's become a integral part of the team's forecheck. He gets his chance and he goes in there and he played great hockey. It’s not surprising.
Golden Knights’ Fleury tickles Wheeler’s ear during Game 3 scrum
Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury tickled Jets' Blake Wheeler during a scrum in Game 3. The scrum occured behind Vegas’ net with 2:34 left in the second period of the Golden Knights’ 4-2 victory over Winnipeg on Wednesday night Wheeler, whose helmet was off and had his back to the goalie, somehow seemed unfazed. The Golden Knights lead the Western Conference final series 2-1, and host Game 4 on Friday night.
Voices of Golden Knights players welcome visitors at McCarran airport
Four Golden Knights players will start delivering recorded messages this week as part of the “Voices of Vegas” program at McCarran International Airport.
News Headlines
Local Spotlight
Add Event
Home Front Page Footer Listing
You May Like

You May Like