Cable Operators

YES, Cablevision Wait for Arbiter

2/13/2004 9:44 AM Eastern

Executives from Yankees Entertainment & Sports Network and Cablevision Systems Corp. are awaiting the decision of the ongoing binding arbitration that will finally settle the two parties’ bitter dispute over carriage of the regional sports service.

Former U.S. District Judge Louis Bechtle, former Time Warner Cable executive Richard Aurelio and retired U.S. District Judge Stanley Sporkin are arbitrating the issue of whether Cablevision can offer YES as an à la carte service or position it on expanded basic, as YES prefers.

Currently, the service -- which presents coverage of Major League Baseball’s New York Yankees and the National Basketball Association’s New Jersey Nets -- is offered as part of Cablevision’s digital package.

It also can be purchased as an à la carte service for $1.95 per month or as part of a package with Cablevision-owned Madison Square Garden Network or Fox Sports New York for $4.95.

A decision has to be rendered by March 31 before the start of the 2004 MLB season.

Representatives from Cablevision and YES declined to comment on the matter.

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