SNY was created in an effort for the New York Mets to better leverage their broadcasting rights, which were previously held by Cablevision on its MSG and FSN New York networks. From 1998 to 2002, Cablevision had a monopoly on all local professional sports franchises in the New York City market, participating in many unfair[weasel words] business practices like moving games to its MSG Metro Channels with limited distribution. In 2002, the New York Yankees and New Jersey Nets broke the monopoly by starting the YES Network for their games, leaving the Mets in the Cablevision fold until their contract expired in 2005.
As of the 2011 season, the Mets received $68 million in rights from the SportsNet New York channel, which the team owns a two-thirds ownership stake in. In 2013, Bloomberg estimated that $1.2 billion of the Mets' $2.1 billion value came from SNY.
On February 12, 2014, it was reported that Comcast was to acquire TWC in an overall deal valued at $44 billion, pending regulatory approval. If approved, Comcast will become the minority partner of the network. and will own 35%
New York Mets: SNY carries at least 120 Mets games per season (with the remainder airing locally on CW affiliate WPIX (channel 11), and nationally on Fox, TBS, or ESPN). Gregg Picker produces the games and Bill Webb, who directs the World Series and the All-Star Game for Fox, is the director for Mets broadcasts on both SNY and WPIX. Mets games on WPIX (and simulcast on other stations) are produced by SNY. Mets games on SNY and post-games delay other programming, such as the 10:00 SportsNite, and preempt all or parts of shows at midnight when a 7:00 game runs long.
New York Jets: The New York Jets signed a three-year television deal with SportsNet New York in November 2005, in which SNY carries more than 250 hours of Jets-related content each year. The programming includes both in-season and off-season shows with access to players, coaches and management.
Big East Conference: In July 2008, the Big East and SNY announced a multi-year deal which gives the channel access to 16 Big East college football games and more than 100 men's and women's college basketball games per season. SNY also produces pre-game, halftime, and post-game shows, as well as coach interviews, for these broadcasts. Additionally, SNY became "the exclusive home" of Rutgers University athletics, which includes encore football game broadcasts (for games televised by ABC or one of ESPN's various channels), weekly coaches shows (for both football and basketball, such as Inside Rutgers Football), and press conferences. Similar coaches shows also air for the Seton Hall University and St. John's University basketball teams, and shows from other schools may also be carried.
UConn Huskies: In August 2010, the University of Connecticut and SNY announced a multi-year deal to make SNY "the official television home of the UConn Huskies football and men's basketball programs". SNY will feature 300 hours of UConn Huskies programming annually, including 120 hours of game coverage. In May 2012, SNY signed a four-year deal with the UConn Huskies women's basketball team, agreeing to air a minimum of 17 games per year.
SNY originally carried Big Ten Conference games that were not nationally televised, these games have since moved to the Big Ten Network. SNY also televised Sun Belt Conference games through ESPN Plus, but no longer does so in order to focus on the Big East Conference.
Daily News Live!: DNL is renowned for its fast-paced, roundtable discussions that focus on the hottest sports and entertainment topics meaningful to New Yorkers. Airing Monday-Friday, Daily News Live! features professional and collegiate athletes and coaches, commissioners, actors and actresses, sportscasters, musicians, and politicians who debate topical sports and entertainment issues. DNL is also rebroadcast at 11 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. Monday-Friday. Jonas Schwartz hosts the show, and longtime New York sports personality Joe Benigno will appear regularly on the show alongside Daily News writers and special guests.
The WheelHouse: A half-hour-long show airing weeknights at 5:30 p.m. that was hosted by Brian Custer, with panelists Brandon Tierney and Marc Malusis. The show incorporated nine innings of fast-paced debate, encompassing the nine most significant sports topics of the day. The Wheelhouse used a sleek on-air baseball-themed look and feel. A rebroadcast of The Wheelhouse aired weeknights at 2 a.m. The last episode of The WheelHouse aired on March 29, 2013.
Loudmouths: A half-hour-long sports talk show airing weeknights at 6:00 p.m. that is hosted by Chris Carlin and Adam Schein. The show features these two animated personalities facing off as they delve into the hottest sports topics of the day. Loudmouths showcases various interactive features, including Carlin and Schein engaging with viewers via live phone calls, e-mails, webcam questions and text messages.
Geico SportsNite: A daily half-hour sports highlights show at 10:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. (repeated 6:00 to 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., the latter not on weekends or when there is an afternoon Mets game at 1:00 p.m. or earlier). There is no 10:30 SportsNite when the Mets play a game on SNY starting at 8:00 or later.
Covino and Rich:A half-hour long show airing weeknights at 6:00. The show offers viewers and sports fans an entertaining, lighthearted show that will incorporate pop culture, social media and viewer participation—focusing less on stats and X's and O's. They replay at 10pm EST.
Covino & Rich debuted at 6:00pm in October. Loudmouths moved to 5:30pm and Wheelhouse got cancelled.
Beer Money!: A half-hour game show airing every Sunday at 7:00 p.m. Hosts Amber Wilson and Dan Schachner go around New York and New Jersey asking questions pertaining to New York sports. There are three rounds: with prize amounts of $10, $20, and $100. The player can walk away with their earned money at any time, but if they keep going and get a question wrong, the contestant must return the money to the host. Also, a shootout mode in which the first contestant to answer a question wrong loses may be played by two contestants for $50. A similar show with the same title airs on SportsTime Ohio and a similar show called Pocket Money formerly aired on NESN.
Mets Pre-Game Live: A half hour-long program which previews the upcoming Mets Games/Series.
Mets Post-Game Live: A half hour-long program which recaps and reviews recent Mets Games and take a look at ahead of upcoming series.
Mets Fast Forward: An hour-long condensed version of the previous Mets game at 6:00 and 9:00 a.m. following a Mets game on SNY or WPIX.
Mets Weekly: A weekly half-hour Mets coverage, interviews, and stories; premieres Sundays at 6:00 p.m.
Kids Clubhouse: A weekly half-hour kids' baseball education and coverage; premieres Sundays at 4:30 p.m. Hosted by Neha Joy.
Mets Insider: A bi-weekly, half-hour program in a magazine style format geared towards a diverse range of Mets topics.
Mets Classics: Classic Mets games from past seasons and the current season (UltiMet Classics).
Mets Hot Stove: An offseason hot stove discussion about the Mets hosted by Kevin Burkhardt with various local writers.
Mets Yearbook: A half-hour program of past Mets year in reviews from 1962 to 1988.
Mets Year in Review: A program recapping the mets season since 2009 hosted by Kevin Burkhardt.
SNY is currently fully distributed. That said, the network had been expected to have problems being carried by Cablevision, as Mets games were moved off of Cablevision-owned networks (MSG Network and FSN New York, since renamed MSG Plus). This is similar to the situation when the newly formed YES Network took the Yankees off of Cablevision's channels. Cablevision sued on the grounds that the Mets might have violated their contract, under which Cablevision theoretically had a year left on the deal, as well as last-refusal rights. However, a judge ruled in favor of SportsNet New York, essentially holding the Mets had voided their deal with Cablevision entirely by paying a specified buyout fee, believed to exceed $50 million.
Comcast did not launch the network in the Hartford area until March 31, 2008, two years after its launch. Cox Communications recently added SNY on cable channel 62 in all areas in Connecticut just days after UConn signed a broadcast rights deal with SNY. It was announced on August 29, 2011 that SNY added a second feed for Connecticut branded SNY-CT.
SNY is available on Comcast systems in Palm Beach County, Florida. Due to league blackout rules, no Mets games are shown on these systems. However, the pregame and postgame shows, as well as other non-game programming, is available.