2006_03_ssny.jpgWhat the Yankees have, the Mets must also have. At least when it comes to television networks. Today, Sterling Entertainment, Time Warner, and Comcast launch SportsNet New York, a 24-hour regional sports network. The network will carry as many as 125 Mets games in its first season and will be the "official" TV home of the New York Jets. Of course, they won't be carrying any actual Jets games, but that's a minor detail. In addition to the Mets and Jets, the channel will carry basketball and football games from the Big East and Big Ten. That's great news for Gothamist as we can't get enough Big Ten action.

New Yorkers, and especially Mets fans, may recognize some of the names and faces for the network. Gary Cohen has stepped out from behind the microphone to join SNY along with Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez. We've spent many a night listening to Cohen on WFAN and can't say how happy we are to see him at the network. Too bad we can no longer tune into him on The Fan. Gary Apple, formerly of WCBS, is also joining the network's sports coverage.

While we look forward to the season with SNY, we've got one small problem. SportsNet NY has yet to hammer out a deal with DirecTV yet. Please, please solve this before the baseball season starts.