$23M Lawsuit: Steinbrenner Stole My Idea

Former exec claims credit for Yankees' TV network YES
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 29, 2009 12:54 PM CDT
George Steinbrenner.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The former president of Madison Square Garden is suing George Steinbrenner for $23 million, accusing the Yankees boss of stealing his idea for a team-owned TV network, Newsday reports. Bob Gutkowski claims he brought the idea for what would become YES to Steinbrenner in the mid-'90s and was given assurances that he would head the network. The Yankees call the allegations “patently false and frivolous.”