Sportsnet New York, the New York Mets cable outlet, is in talks with local stations about providing sports reports for their newscast, the New York Post has learned.
According to sources, the sports channel is talking to both Channel 11 and 4 about eventually doing away with their own sportscasters and replacing them with SNY correspondents.
NBC owned Channel 4 is in the process of being bought by Comcast, a part-owner of SNY, with Mets owner Fred Wilpon and Time Warner Cable.
Channel 11 airs about 25 Mets games each season and already has a substantial relationship with SNY. Channel 11 is New York's backup home station.
SNY, which is dedicated to covering the Mets and New York Jets, nonetheless covers all local teams. Outsourcing their sportscasts could be a way for local stations to save some dough and could be another nail in the coffin of the way traditional local newscasts are presented.