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Jeremy Lin can even solve cable disputes

February 17, 2012|By Houston Mitchell
  • Jeremy Lin seems to have powers far beyond those of mortal men.
Jeremy Lin seems to have powers far beyond those of mortal men. (Andrew Gombert / EPA )

Jeremy Lin. Is there nothing he can't do?

Madison Square Garden and Time Warner Cable reached an agreement Friday on a new contract, ending a seven-week stalemate that kept 2.8 million subscribers from watching the New York Knicks and their Lin-led winning streak.

Lin's amazing performance as a starter led subscribers to renew their complaints that they could no longer watch Knicks games on Time Warner Cable. The complaints led the sides to a face-to-face meeting this week.

The attention surrounding Lin and the team played a role in pushing the two into an agreement, Chris Marangi, a portfolio manager at Gamco Investors, told the Associated Press.

"Linsanity helped," said Marangi, whose funds own about 5 million MSG shares and 500,000 Time Warner Cable shares. "Time Warner Cable realistically couldn't have dropped MSG -- it's too important to too many fans in New York to not be carried. Both sides probably gave a little."

So customers of Time Warner Cable in New York will be able to watch tonight's Knicks game against New Orleans.

Up next for Lin: Getting Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries back together.

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