YES Signs with Charter, Cox


Two more MSOs starting with the letter 'C' signed carriage contracts with
Yankees Entertainment & Sports Network Thursday.

Charter Communications Inc. and Cox Communications Inc. inked distribution
deals with the fledgling regional sports network, which will present 130 New
York Yankees regular-season Major League Baseball games this season.

The pacts, terms of which were not disclosed, will add 70,000 Charter
customers and 100,000 Cox subscribers.

A Charter spokesman said the deal covered subscribers in the Chatham and
Plattsburgh, N.Y., and Winsted and Newtown, Conn., areas. The households will
receive YES on a full-time basis on expanded basic.

Some 100,000 Cox customers in Connecticut will have access to YES full-time,
according to a press release.

Cox and YES representatives could not be reached for further comment by press

The distribution deals come as YES and Cablevision Systems Corp. -- the New
York DMA's primary cable operator, with some 3 million area subscribers --
remain at loggerheads.

YES wants placement on basic, while Cablevision views the rookie network as
an expensive service that should be made available as a premium