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Cable dispute may leave Yankees fans in the dark

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Comcast has taken the New York Yankees and the Yes channel off its air and that leaves some fans scrambling to find their team. (WFSB) Comcast has taken the New York Yankees and the Yes channel off its air and that leaves some fans scrambling to find their team. (WFSB)
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

Comcast has taken the New York Yankees and the Yes channel off its air by saying it is too expensive to carry the regional sports network.

That means thousands of fans in our state may not be able to watch their beloved Bronx bombers.

Fans in New Haven certainly love their baseball, but Yankees fans may have to do some scrambling on Monday, if they want to watch a majority of the games.

New Haven is one of 83 communities in Connecticut serviced by Comcast Cable. Thousands of people in those towns don't have the Yes Network anymore. Without the Yes Network, they will miss out on about 90 percent of the Yankees 162 game schedule.

The reason for the loss of the channel is the subscription fees. Comcast doesn't want to incur an increase from the Yes Network. 

The two sides haven't talked about the issue in months. Now Connecticut's senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal are getting involved in the situation.

“These two major enterprises, Comcast and Yes, ought to reach a temporary agreement, if they can't settle their differences and give the fans what they want,” Blumenthal said. 

Frontier Communications, which is a newcomer to the state's cable market, said they do provide the Yes Network and have already landed about 600 new customers, due to the dispute.

“It’s unfortunate to see what's happened in the market place, but from our end of it, we will take advantage and most importantly, provide customers with a choice,” Frontier Communications New Haven County General Manager Joe Ferrailo said.  

Mike Longly, the owner of New Haven's Regal Begle, is giving his customer's the choice too. He said thanks to satellite TV that is normally operational only for football.

“We normally have direct TV for the football package, but we lucked out,” Longly said.  “So we've just kept it running, so we have it for baseball also.”

There is still some time for a resolution, but if not, some local businesses will be doing some extra business starting Monday.   

The Yes Network had no comment on Friday, however Comcast did issue a statement.

"They are demanding more than a 30 percent increase for a network that has very low viewership. It remains our hope to bring back Yes to our customers. We can only do that if they become realistic with price demands,” the statement read in part.

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