NO-LIN SITUATION: A wave of "Linsanity" over breakout Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin helped end a standoff lingering since Jan. 1 that left 2 million Time Warner Cable subscribers in New York without access to Knicks games.
DEAL PRESSURE: Top officials from New York state stepped in with NBA Commissioner David Stern to push Madison Square Garden and Time Warner to terms over fees. They agreed to a tentative deal Friday.
RATINGS BONANZA: Lin, a California native whose parents were born in Taiwan, has led the Knicks on a seven-game winning streak and put them back in playoff contention. Audiences have grown on ESPN, MSG network and Sina.com in China.