Jewish World Review March 14, 2003 / 10 Adar II, 5763
Keep the pols' paws off my cable TV bill!
If you don't think local governments aren't partners with
sports franchises and cable TV, you haven't been paying
attention to the YES-Cablevision agreement in New York, New
Jersey and Connecticut.
It's been a busy week for New York mayor Michael Bloomberg.
His office ended the Broadway musicians strike and got the
George Steinbrenner owned YES network onto Charles Dolan's
Cablevision and its three million subscribers.
also did was almost guarantee another Cablevision rate hike
for those three million paying customers whether they want
the YES network or not because someone has to pay for the
network and it won't be Charles or James Dolan.
Bloomberg also spared the New Jersey assembly the
embarrassment of being sued if New Jersey forced Dolan
to put YES on its cable systems and possibly saved the cable
industry from facing a damaging anti-trust lawsuit.
Broadway dispute affected the producers, actors, musicians,
support staff and ticket buyers. But settling the YES dispute
affects all of cablevision's customers and that's unfair for
those who don't want YES.
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JWR contributor Evan Weiner is a radio commentator on "The Business
of Sports" for Westwood One's Metro Networks. He is being presented with the United States Sports Academy's Distinguished Service Award for 2003. Comment on this column by clicking here.
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