Blumenthal and Murphy Work to Ensure Yankees Aren’t Blacked Out

FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 file photo, New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka delivers against the Houston Astros during the first inning of the American League wild card baseball game in New York. Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has undergone arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone spur from his right elbow, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

By: Anne Craig, WTNH Anchor

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Yankees Opening Day is April 4, 2016 and U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy want to make sure you can see them play ball on TV. Eighty-three Connecticut communities serviced by Comcast have been without YES Network since last November because of a dispute with Comcast.

They wrote to Comcast and YES Network, urging the parties to quickly resolve a dispute that threatens Connecticut Comcast customers’ ability to watch the Yankees games. In their letter, the Senators urged Comcast and YES to either find a solution that ensures all Yankees games are carried. And if a solution can be reached by Opening Day for YES Network to work out a temporary solution for Yankees fans and for Comcast to refund all of its subscribers a portion of their monthly bill.

The Senators wrote:

“For almost a century, federal, state, and local governments have helped sustain and promote professional sports by providing direct and indirect public benefits – including tax exemptions, public transportation infrastructure to stadiums, and exemptions from federal antitrust law. Sports programming, which has been protected and promoted by government intervention, should not be used as a weapon to negotiate who has a bigger claim to consumers’ pocketbooks. YES Network has a responsibility to be responsive to the interests of the Yankees fans it serves. Fans should be able watch the games they have helped pay for. We urge YES Network to commit to finding a way to return programming in time for Opening Day.”

The Yankees will play the Houston Astros in their Opening Day game in the Bronx on Monday, April 4th.

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