New Jersey Lawmakers Urge YES Network, Comcast to Settle Dispute

YES Network, Comcast pic
YES Network, Comcast

A recent master’s graduate from Columbia University’s urban planning program, Daniel Hewes has been engaged in issues ranging from community development to emissions reductions. In addition to his academic pursuits, Daniel Hewes is also a fan of the New York Yankees.

The New Jersey Assembly recently passed measure AR-143—a resolution intended to compel Comcast to settle its dispute with the YES Network, which is the cable provider for New York Yankees baseball. Comcast serves approximately 600,000 customers throughout New Jersey. In addition, there are approximately 300,000 Comcast subscribers in Pennsylvania and Connecticut, bringing the total to around 900,000 subscribers.

The YES Network, jointly owned by 21st Century Fox and the Yankees, has been excluded from Comcast’s lineup since November 2015, when the cable provider scoffed at paying rights fees nearing $6 per subscriber.

The New Jersey assembly is hopeful that its bipartisan action will compel the two sides to come back to the negotiating table and hammer out an agreement.