As Baseball Season Opens, Both New York Teams Are Sparring With Satellite Operators

Apr 1, 2011  •  Post A Comment

It’s almost as big a tradition as the opening pitch in the New York market, but as the Major League Baseball season gets under way, carriage of baseball games involving New York teams remains up in the air–with both the Yankees and Mets involved this time, according to Multichannel News.

DirecTV subscribers who tuned in to Thursday’s opening day from Yankee Stadium on the YES network learned that YES may be yanked off the satellite network soon, according to the report. In addition, the New York Mets on SNY may be gone, too.

Both SNY and YES are currently in talks with Dish Network and DirecTV to extend or renegotiate their expiring contracts. The current deal between SNY and Dish ends Friday, April 1, at midnight. YES’s deal with DirecTV expires April 2 at midnight.

YES issued a statement and commented about DirecTV’s crawl that urged viewers to get involved in the scrum. The network spokesperson characterized those tactics as gamesmanship. "DirecTV customers should not be forced to pay a penny more for YES Network,” the statement said.

At press time, talks were said to be ongoing.

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