YES Network Dropped As Defendant
%mlink(STRY:; PHOTO:; AUDIO:%)
NEW YORK (AP) _ Angry New York Yankees fans have dropped the YES television network as a defendant in a federal lawsuit over a cable television company’s failure to telecast Yankees games.
Cablevision, which has approximately 3 million customers in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, the northern New York suburbs, New Jersey and Connecticut, has declined a deal with YES, the Yankees’ new TV network, to let YES be offered to Cablevision subscribers.
That led five Yankees fans to file a class-action suit earlier this month, seeking to have the games shown while negotiations continue. Both Cablevision and YES were named in the original lawsuit.
However, on Thursday, attorney Lenard Leeds said YES was being dropped as a defendant in the lawsuit, saying, ``They are ready to negotiate immediately with the best interest of our fans in mind.″
Leeds said Cablevision remains as a defendant.
YES insists that Cablevision make the new channel part of its basic service package, which would put it in all subscribers’ homes. Cablevision wants to put YES on a ``premium tier,″ available only to customers who pay an extra fee.
YES is scheduled to show 130 of the regular season’s 162 games. Another 20 games will be carried on WCBS-TV and the remainder will appear on ESPN or FOX.
Earlier this week, Cablevision announced it refunded more than $1.4 million a month to subscribers of the Madison Square Garden Network, which carried Yankees games until this season. That amounts to 55 cents a month per subscriber.
``We continue to believe that this lawsuit is frivolous and without merit, and we hope the Yankees will reconsider their position and allow fans to see the games,″ Cablevision said.
On the Net: