Cablevision Systems Corp. and Yankees Entertainment & Sports Network have taken their squabble to Washington, D.C.
YES CEO Leo J. Hindery Jr. has been talking with Reps. Jose Serrano and Eliot Engel --
Democrats representing parts of the Bronx -- to explain why their constituents
aren't seeing New York Yankees Major League Baseball games.
Hindery had a phone conversation with Engel last week, and he has exchanged
letters with Serrano.
During a House Appropriations Subcommittee hearing last week, Serrano asked
Federal Communications Commission chairman Michael Powell if he could do anything to help, but Powell
responded that the positions of both companies were reasonable and outside the
realm of the FCC.
Cablevision has met with the entire New York delegation, including Democratic
Sens. Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton, asking them not to get involved,
YES may be considering another route to pressure Cablevision: The network has
retained the New York law firm of attorney David Boies (who also represents
EchoStar Communications Corp. on its proposed merger with Hughes Electronics Corp.).
The law firm is representing YES in a class-action suit filed against both it
and Cablevision, with the first hearing taking place on Monday, but sources
suggested that YES may be filing a larger antitrust suit against Cablevision.