DENVER — Ten minutes into their game at the Washington Capitals, the Colorado Avalanche were up 4-0. It was a hot start to the game in the middle of a scorching hot start to their season, but most fans in Denver haven't been able to watch, because of Altitude's dispute with Comcast, Dish and DirectTV.
Monday afternoon, though, a handful of fans were able to catch the game on TV.
“I'm a really big fan I have season tickets, so, like, I love the Avs. I live and breathe hockey, so I absolutely love it," Koy Kubasca said.
He was a sitting in the bar area of Brooklyn's at the Pepsi Center, surrounded by a couple dozen fellow fans as the Avalanche ripped their way through the Washington defense en-route to a 6-3 win.
The building Brooklyn's is in is owned by Kroenke Sports & Entertainment. The company also owns the Colorado Avalanche, the Pepsi Center and Altitude (among other sports teams, venues and media networks).
"Right now the Avs are considered to be one of the top contenders for the Stanley Cup. They're considered to be one of the best teams," he said. "The fans are the ones paying the price right now."
Alaina Isbouts agrees. She took her family to Brooklyn's so they could watch the game on TV together.
"I would hope that at some point somebody's going to give in. They can't do this all season long," she said.
The deal between Brooklyn's and Altitude only runs through this week and only includes non-nationally-televised road games.
An official watch party at Stoney's is one of the only other ways to watch the games on TV.
Both Isbouts and Kubasca have season tickets, so they'll be able to see the team in person when they play in Denver. But they hope Altitude and the major providers can come to an agreement before the Avs get too deep into what could be an historic season.
Isbouts doesn't want to blame either side. For his part, Kubasca said he's not sure Altitude has much leverage left to work with.
"I feel like everyone who's going to call their cable provider or cancel their plans already has," he said.
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