Yes, but it would require the cable/satellite companies in South Jersey to pay for the rights. They will only do so if it can be profitable for them. They need enough of a demand for Devils games and the right price. When I moved to Long Island and got cable in 1986, we had WSBK from Boston and was able to get some Bruins/Celtics games. Don't remember if it was blacked out when they played a local team.
What this can really help is ending the local blackouts on Center Ice and Game Center Live. Especially for those living in what I call the dead-zones. You are too far away to get the team you want on regular cable/satellite subscriptions and too close to get the games on Center Ice/Game Center Live. There are parts of Upstate NY, and Connecticut that get hit with this for the Rangers, Isles, and Devils. Not sure on the cut-offs in Jersey.
What I think it means, is that it would require the cable companies in those areas to want to add MSG network to its cable packages, rather than the Devils as such, especially since the Devils have an agreement with MSG to air their games. So people in South Jersey would be seeing Rangers, Islanders and Devils games, if a Southern Jersey cable company wants MSG. If that's the case, it's a lot more plausible that games Devils games will become available in South Jersey.
EDIT: If the ruling holds, it would also very likely mean that you could get Devils games on regular cable in Southern Florida so long as the Devils are on MSG network. A lot of Ranger fans in Southern Florida that would probably pay for a package that includes MSG network, which would include the Devils and Islanders. You could apply it to many other markets as well.
So when you think about it, this might be the one instance where a Devils fan might be saying "Let's kind of go Rangers"
Edited by Daniel, 09 August 2014 - 02:22 PM.
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