City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is stepping in to a dispute that's kept Knicks games off the air for many New Yorkers since the beginning of the year.
Quinn sent a letter to Madison Square Garden Chairman James Dolan and Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt asking the two companies to reach an agreement to restore Knicks and Rangers games to blacked-out cable subscribers or else they will face a public grilling.
In the letter, Quinn writes, "If these discussions cannot produce a resolution within two weeks, the City Council will hold hearings and request that both parties explain themselves to the public."
Speaking to reporters Thursday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the city should stay out of the dispute.
"This is just another battle and I do not think that government should get involved," said Bloomberg. "Government is not suited to go and decide which media you should have and what they should carry. That's up to the marketplace."
MSG and MSG Plus have not been available to Time Warner Cable customers since the New Year when the companies failed to reach a new agreement.
The dispute also involves MSG's FUSE network, which Time Warner Cable dropped from its lineup late last year.
Quinn calls the rise of Jeremy Lin a Cinderella story that all New Yorkers can be proud of.
Time Warner Cable is the parent company of NY1.
NY1 has reached out to MSG and Time Warner Cable.
So far, MSG has declined to comment.