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May 7, 2003

by Larry Mahnken

Cablevision and YES Disagree

Here we go again...

Both sides are being disingenuous here. The Yankees only want to be on basic so they can get the most money possible, Cablevision wants them to be premium so they don't have to absorb the cost. It has nothing to do with what's best for the fans.

What would be best for the fans would be for the Yankees to be on basic and the rate to remain the same, so you could say the Yankees are the ones on the side of the fan, but they're not really. It's all about greed.

Now the dispute has moved to an argument over subscriptions. Cablevision insists that between 95,000 and 171,000 New Yorkers have signed up for YES, YES says the number is closer to 430,000.

This is a dispute over $653,250. Or about half of what the Yankees bring in in revenue per game. And over this Billionaires' Chump Change, New York City Yankees fans are getting screwed around with.