A group of Cablevision Systems Corp. subscribers sued the MSO Tuesday in an
attempt to force it to carry New York Yankees Major League Baseball games while
it continues to wage a carriage battle with Yankees Entertainment & Sports
The lawsuit -- filed in U.S. District Court in Central Islip, N.Y. -- called
for an injunction that would provide YES' Yankees telecasts to the operator's 3
million New York-area subscribers until a final carriage deal is reached.
Cablevision subscribers have already missed six of the team's first seven
games this season while the two parties have wrangled over whether the network
should be carried on basic or premium tiers.
YES chairman Leo J. Hindery Jr. said in a prepared statement that he hopes
the lawsuit 'will be of assistance' in ending the dispute.
A Cablevision spokesman said in a prepared statement that the company
believes the suit 'is without merit,' but the MSO understands that fans are
'frustrated' about the issue.