As expected, Cablevision Systems Corp. filed a motion in U.S. District Court
of New York to have Yankees Entertainment & Sports Network's antitrust suit
against the MSO dismissed.
The MSO filed a motion to dismiss portions of the lawsuit that accuse it of
keeping the upstart regional sports network -- and its 130 exclusive New York
Yankees Major League Baseball games -- off its systems for anti-competitive
reasons that were not directly related to the two parties' ongoing carriage
Cablevision wants to offer YES as a pay service, while YES wants carriage on
basic at $2 per subscriber.
In its filing, Cablevision said YES' claim of antitrust violations has
nothing to do with its inability to reach a distribution agreement.
'This blunderbuss case is unquestionably broader than YES is permitted to
bring under well-established antitrust standing and pleading requirements,'
Cablevision told the court.
'The case bears little relation to the issue at hand -- whether YES can
employ the antitrust laws to bludgeon Cablevision into paying YES $2 each month
for every one of Cablevision's nearly $2.7 million `expanded basic' customers,'
the MSO added.