New York Yankees’ YES Network Pursuing Radio Play?
The New York Post reports that the YES Network is seeking to move into audio upon completion of its $3.5 billion sale from Disney back to a New York Yankees led group that includes Amazon and Sinclair.
The Post states that YES has already held discussions with SiriusXM that could lead to the creation of a Yankees based channel on the service as they explore addition distribution and revenue generation channel. Programs such as the CenterStage interview show hosted by Yankees TV play-by-play/”ESPN 98.7” WEPN-FM afternoon host Michael Kay could be used to build the new audio brand as well as using talent such as Yankees game analyst Jeff Nelson, who previously served as a host on SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio.
What will not be part of this right away at least will be the actual game broadcasts. The Yankees signed a ten year deal with Entercom’s 660 WFAN/101.9 WFAN-FM New York prior to the 2014 season to serve as the outlet for their game broadcasts. That deal runs through the end of the 2023 season.