NESN and the Red Sox are vehemently denying this report. If they go with two stations, I'd love it, as it would give a few games a night to flip to, and I wouldn't have to rely on putting on the radio to get Yankee updates. Even if they do it as 1 station, it would be nice to have a game sent in on nights when the Red Sox or Bruins (oh wait, every night between now and 2010 the Bruins won't be playing) are off. But, as long as the current regime is in charge of the Red Sox and Steinbrenner owns the Yankees, this will have as much chance having as cats and dogs have of mating.
I don't think there's that much animosity, outside Lucchino and his Evil Empire crack, between the two teams. It could bring in a lot of money. I think the Mets/Red Sox would be better. Instead of New England Sports Network they could call it North East Sports Network.
If I'm reading the article right, the 135/540 or 270 starts/1080 plate appearances are for the option years of 2010 and 2011. The fail safe for 2006-2009 is if the left knee puts him on the DL for 25 plus games in '05.