How to Trade on Lin-Sanity (Update 1)
Updated to reflect Maxim Group analyst comments on second page.
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Madison Square Garden(MSG) hit an all-time record in Monday trading, bolstered by the play of New York Knick phenom and Harvard grad Jeremy Lin.
For investors, the question is how they can tap the buzz of the "Lin-sanity" that's swept across the New York metro area and the basketball world. Increasingly, it looks like the Lin-based Knicks winning streak may come at the perfect time for Madison Square Garden, while providing a dent to Time Warner Cable(TWC) shares.
|Jeremy Lin has led the New York Knicks to five straight victories.|
Lin may make a big impact on MSG and Time Warner Cable shares, even if he doesn't turn out to the all-star caliber NBA'er he's proven to be in his first five Knicks starts. That's because the hype may helps the Knicks further boost season ticket prices after a 49% lift in 2011, while it also may give Madison Square Garden added leverage as it negotiates a multi-year sports programming distribution package with Time Warner Cable.
"Until this mini spurt, the Knicks were one of the only things holding
With the Rangers off to the second best start in the National Hockey League and added Knicks interest, season ticket, memorabilia and food sales at the Garden may be headed higher. "The bigger picture story is the underappreciated story to the stock and ticket prices," adds Pyykkonen.