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SNY to Debut New York City’s Next Great High School Basketball Event

Release Date: 01/24/2008

SportsNet New York (SNY), the television home of the Mets and Jets, and New York’s leader in local sports news coverage – today announced a landmark initiative for the network – establishing the SNY Invitational presented by Time Warner Cable.  This annual high school basketball tournament will not only become a pillar of SNY’s involvement in the community, but New York’s next great high school basketball event.

The SNY Invitational presented by Time Warner Cable, sanctioned by the Public School Athletic League (PSAL), will take place on Feb. 1 and Feb. 2 and feature four elite boys’ varsity basketball teams that possess deep roots in the New York City basketball landscape: The Abraham Lincoln Railsplitters, Benjamin N. Cardozo Judges, John F. Kennedy Knights and the Frederick Douglass Lions. One of the represented schools – Abraham Lincoln high school – boasts NYC basketball phenom Lance Stephenson, dubbed “the king of high school basketball in New York City.”  SNY and Time Warner Cable of New York and New Jersey will make a donation of $1,000 to each participating school, as well as $15,000 to the PSAL.

“The SNY Invitational not only represents a major step in extending the network’s reach into the high school arena, but it also supports our commitment to New York,” said Steve Raab, President of SNY.  “We’re confident this tournament will become New York’s premier basketball event, and we’re proud to showcase the participating high schools and their athletes.”

The broadcast team for this event further reflects SNY’s commitment to establishing the SNY Invitational presented by Time Warner Cable.  The network has tapped Gary Cohen, the renowned New York Mets and Seton Hall basketball broadcaster as the play-by-play announcer.  Cohen will be joined by analyst and former L.A. Lakers guard John Celestand, and sideline reporter Kevin Burkhardt – the talented and popular field reporter on Mets telecasts. The games will be produced by Gregg Picker, who produces Mets telecasts on SNY, and directed by Bill Webb – the director for Mets telecasts on SNY, and the director for World Series and MLB All-Star games on FOX. 

“Time Warner Cable is proud to present the first annual SNY Invitational as part of our continuing commitment to offer students opportunities to further develop their skills and unique abilities,” said Harriet Novet, Vice President of Public Affairs for Time Warner Cable of New York & New Jersey. “We’re hopeful that this tournament will become an exciting and much-anticipated annual athletic event for New York City high school athletes and basketball fans of all ages.”

In addition to stellar high school basketball, the SNY Invitational presented by Time Warner Cable will showcase prominent entertainment acts throughout the two-day event, including: professional dance teams, acclaimed national performers, nationally recognized drum lines and more – all of which will be announced at a later date.  Numerous college coaches and celebrities are also expected to attend the tournament.

The 2008 SNY Invitational presented by Time Warner Cable will take place at New York University’s Coles Sports Center in Manhattan.  Time Warner Cable will serve as the presenting sponsor of the tournament. Other official sponsors of the event include McDonald’s, the United States Marine Corps, Spalding and the New York Daily News.

SNY is available on Channel 26 and in high definition on channel 726 to Time Warner Cable of New York and New Jersey customers.  Games will also be available on Channel 1111, Local Video On Demand, for Time Warner Cable customers in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.

Fans in attendance will receive gift bags containing premium items, including two New Jersey Nets tickets.

For more information on the SNY Invitational presented by Time Warner Cable, or to purchase tickets, visit, or call 212-228-5558.


SNY Invitational Schedule on Friday, Feb. 1

Game 1: Friday, Feb. 1, 2008 at 6pm, SNY Cardozo High School vs. Frederick Douglass Academy
Game 2: Friday, Feb. 1, 2008 at 8pm, SNY JFK High School vs. Lincoln High School


SNY Invitational Schedule on Sat., Feb. 2

Game 1: Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008 at 6pm Consolation Game (TBD)
Game 2: Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008 at 8pm,
Consolation Game (TBD)

About SportsNet New York (SNY)
SNY is the official television home of the Mets and Jets, and New York’s leader in local sports news coverage.  Launched in March of 2006, SNY features unparalleled access to the 2006 National League East Division Champion Mets – including over 120 live Mets telecasts – and over 250 hours of year-round, in-depth New York Jets coverage.  In addition to the network being the leader in Big East basketball and football coverage in the New York market, SNY also delivers the most comprehensive live sports and local news coverage of all the Tri-State area’s professional and collegiate sports teams through three nightly “SportsNite” news programs, and “Daily News Live” (DNL).  SNY’s programming roster also includes other live professional and collegiate sports, as well as classic sports, event programming, original entertainment shows and exclusive interview and magazine programs.  Founded by Sterling Entertainment Enterprises, Time Warner and Comcast, SNY is available to viewers throughout New York, Connecticut, most of New Jersey and northeastern Pennsylvania, and nationally on DIRECTV and Dish Network. For additional details on the network, visit

About Time Warner Cable of New York and New Jersey

Time Warner Cable of New York and New Jersey serves over 1.4 million customers in four NYC boroughs (Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island and western Brooklyn), Mt. Vernon, Hudson Valley (Orange, Sullivan, Ulster Counties and parts of Dutchess, Greene and Delaware Counties) and Bergen and Hudson Counties, New Jersey. 

Our parent company, Time Warner Cable, owns and manages cable systems passing approximately 26 million homes in 33 states.  Headquartered in New York City, Time Warner Cable has 14.7 million customers for its various products, including video, high-speed data and residential telephone.  This includes approximately 13.4 million basic video subscribers and more than 6.5 million customers who purchase more than one product. Time Warner Cable includes some of the most technologically advanced and best-clustered cable systems in the country, with nearly 85 percent of the Company’s customers located in five geographic regions: New York, Texas, Ohio, the Carolinas and southern California.  It is the largest cable provider in the nation’s two largest cities, Los Angeles and New York. Leveraging its leadership in innovation and quality customer care, Time Warner Cable delivers advanced products and services such as video-on-demand, high-definition television, digital video recorders, high-speed data and Digital Phone.

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