Bronx, N.Y. -- Bronx politicians and New York Yankees fans loudly voiced
their displeasure with the ongoing carriage dispute between Yankees
Entertainment & Sports Network and Cablevision Systems Corp. during a public
hearing held here Tuesday.
But for Cablevision, the complaints seemingly fell on deaf ears, as the MSO
refused to participate in the hearings called by Bronx borough president Adolfo
Carrion to help facilitate an agreement between the two parties.
'This is very disturbing . we're more than halfway through the season, and we
still don't have the New York Yankees [on Cablevision],' Carrion said. 'These
two giants of the industry have to come to the table and act like grown-ups. One
of them is here today -- the YES network has decided that they would come.
Unfortunately, Cablevision chose not to come, and I'm very, very
Cablevision did release a statement saying that it 'shares' Carrion's
frustration concerning the impasse. The MSO declined to appear because of
concerns that such a public discussion 'would be far more likely to drive the
parties further apart than to bring them together,' and would be ill-advised
given YES' antitrust lawsuit against Cablevision.
YES president Leo J. Hindery Jr. was in attendance and reiterated his claims
that Cablevision is deliberately boycotting the expensive basic service -- which
carries 130 New York Yankees Major League Baseball games -- to protect its owned
regional sports networks, Madison Square Garden Network and Fox Sports New
He revealed that Cablevision two weeks ago rejected 'an extraordinary
compromise' -- although he would not reveal specific details -- as well as an
offer to meet with an impartial mediator.
'Cablevision's sports network, MSG, used to have the rights to televise
Yankees games,' Hindery said. 'This year, YES has those rights . and ever since,
Cablevision has been taking its competitive frustrations out on YES, and the
real losers have been Cablevision's cable customers and the Yankees fans.'
The network even trotted out former Yankees pitcher David Cone, who said both
parties need to negotiate in good faith to settle the dispute.
Cone added that Yankees players are rooting for a settlement, and they have
received fan mail from Cablevision viewers 'distressed' over not having access
to Yankees games.