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Get TV bounced from cable in favor of Sinclair's sports network, WBBZ-TV to carry NBA game bounced from Ch.7

Inquiring minds want to know: Why can’t we get Get TV on cable anymore?

Some astute local cable viewers who love old movies have noticed they no longer can get the sub-channel network that had been carried on Channel 49, one of the local stations owned by Sinclair Broadcasting.

A few weeks ago, Get TV was replaced on cable by the American Sports Network, which carries college sports and also is owned by Sinclair.

Nick Magnini, the general manager of Sinclair’s WNYO (Channel 49) and WUTV (Channel 29), notes that viewers still can get Get TV over-the-air on digital channel 49-4. He added that Get TV, which showcases Hollywood movies from the 1930s to the 1970s, may eventually return to cable.

ASN, which carries many NCAA Division I football and basketball games live, is now on 49-2, Get TV’s former home, and also has taken its spot on Time Warner Cable.

Among the conferences carried by ASN are the Atlantic 10, the home of St. Bonaventure, and the Mid-American, which has the University at Buffalo among its members.

With WKBW-TV carrying the Variety Club Telethon this weekend, the National Basketball Association game at 3:30 p.m. Sunday between Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors against Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers will be carried by WBBZ-TV, the local independent station.

NBA games normally aren’t big ratings grabbers in Western New York. Golden State’s 121-118 overtime victory over Oklahoma City this past Saturday, in which Curry hit a 32-foot, three-pointer in the last second for the victory, had a 2.3 rating on Channel 7. It has been widely viewed as the best NBA game of the regular season. Since OKC is a very good team and the Lakers are pitiful this season, Sunday’s game isn’t a comparable attraction. It wouldn’t be shocking if Golden State decided to rest Curry, who has been battling injuries, or cut down his minutes.

Curry, who played in the NCAA tournament here years ago with Davidson and is likely to repeat as the MVP of the NBA, gave WNYers another reason to root for him last week.

As documented by Buffalo News reporter Anne Neville in a front-page story that ran this morning, Curry met with five-year-old "Baby Shawn" Kennedy of Niagara Falls -- who is battling a rare form of brain cancer -- at a game against the Heat in Miami last Wednesday.

Channel 2 sports director Adam Benigni went to Miami with Shawn's family members and the Niagara Falls coach, Mike Esposito, who orchestrated Shawn's meeting with Curry and Golden State Coach Steve Kerr. Benigni narrated a moving, five-minute story about Shawn's interaction with Curry and his teammates that the station ran during its 11 p.m. newscast Monday. If you missed it, go to the station's website and bring some tissues with you.

I can’t say I’ve ever watched or even heard of the Outdoor Channel series, “Sasquatch Mountain Man,” which begins its fifth season in June. According to a release, the show “revolves around mountain men from the 1800s and what they did to survive.”

And there is a WNY angle. The host of the program, Laramy “Sasquatch” Miller, is married to a Western New York native, Donna Miller.

The couple will be at the WNY Sport & Travel Expo at the Hamburg Fairgrounds March 10 -13, booking hunting and fishing adventures and selling “Sasquatch Mountain Man” branded apparel.

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