An ongoing struggle between Comcast and the YES Network is getting increasingly rancorous as the baseball season gets closer, with the YES Network urging customers to scrap Comcast.
The New York Post reports that YES, which covers regional sports and carries the Yankees of the MLB and the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets, has been off Comcast for 16 weeks in a protracted carriage dispute.
“The fight has left about 900,000 subscribers in the dark, but each is still paying a separate $3 RSN fee line item on his or her bill,” the Post reports. “At the heart of the negotiations is the issue of a ‘most favored nation’ clause guaranteeing Comcast the best price even though it’s no longer the biggest player in town. AT&T is America’s biggest pay-TV provider now.”
YES, which is currently airing Yankees spring training games ahead of the MLB season, was expected to launch a multimillion-dollar ad blitz today to ratchet up pressure on Comcast to settle the dispute, the report notes.