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By PFW staff

When they put out the schedule in April, the NFL structures the Giants and Jets games so that the two New York teams are almost never playing at the same time, allowing fans in the Tri-state area to watch both squads each week.

That may be put to a stop this week, even though the Giants are on their bye. A dispute between TV provider Cablevision and Fox, the channel airing the Jets' game vs. the Packers, may leave millions of New Yorkers without a way to watch the game.

The dispute, which has been going on for nearly two weeks, would leave nearly three million Cablevision customers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut without Fox on Sunday, according to Jets owner Woody Johnson posted a message on the team's Web site on Wednesday, saying he hoped the two media giants could put aside their negotiations for three hours on Sunday afternoon.

"Today (Wednesday) I spoke with Cablevision and News Corporation about the importance of broadcasting our game this Sunday," Johnson wrote. "Both companies acknowledged the passion of our fans and their desire to watch the game. If a resolution cannot be reached, I hope that they can set aside their differences to air our game against the Packers."



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