NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Two million Time Warner Cable customers have had to hunt around for the random Knicks or Rangers game that’s carried on channels other than MSG Network.

WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane On The Story

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Now, speculation swirls that the rise of Jeremy Lin could give a nudge to the talks to end New York’s latest cable TV fight.

Even the casual fan is interested in the Lin-sanity.

“He’s like a Kobe, or Michael Jordan,” one man told WCBS 880 reporter Paul Murnane.

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“It’s been a while. I mean, I’m a very loyal Knick fan, but it’s been a while since I’ve spoken with so much passion and Jeremy Lin is the reason for that, because he shows a lot of fire, a lot of warmth. He wants to play the game. He’s a winner,” said another.

The two sides agree on one thing – that, so far, there has been no progress made towards ending this cable impasse.

Time Warner Cable subscribers lost TV access to the NBA’s Knicks and the NHL’s Rangers, Devils, Islanders and Sabres on Jan. 1 because of a fight over rate increases between the cable giant and MSG Network. And dozens of college basketball games as well as boxing, soccer and sports talk shows have been blacked out too.

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