N.Y. Legislators Try to Force YES Truce

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Three New York State legislators introduced a bill Tuesday that they hope
will result in Cablevision Systems Corp. carrying Yankees Entertainment &
Sports Network.

Sens. Alexander Gromack (D-Congers), Thomas Morahan (R-New City) and Guy
Velella (R-Bronx) said the bill 'would ensure the fair and nondiscriminatory
treatment of unaffiliated video-programming vendors by vertically integrated
cable-television companies.'

The legislators and YES chairman Leo J. Hindery Jr. argued that Cablevision
is refusing to carry YES -- the exclusive carrier of 130 New York Yankees Major
League Baseball games -- in an attempt to deter competition to former Yankees
rights-holder Madison Square Garden Network, which the MSO owns.

Hindery -- who said the legislation is 'not an attack on the cable industry'
-- also suggested that Cablevision is discriminating against Lifetime
Television, Oxygen and Sundance Channel in order to favor its Rainbow Media
Holdings Inc. properties, WE: Women's Entertainment and The Independent Film
Channel.

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