SBD/Issue 128/Law & Politics

Levine Defends Giuliani’s Appearances On Yankees TV, Radio

Exec Defends Giuliani’s Appearances
On Yankees’ Radio, TV Broadcasts

Yankees President Randy Levine defended Republican Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani’s appearances on the YES Network and WCBS-AM during a March 18 Spring Training game, according to Bob Raissman of the N.Y. DAILY NEWS. Levine said that he is “not looking to turn Yankee TV or radiocasts into baseball’s version of ‘Face the Nation’ but views the candidates as personalities whose appearances can only help drive Yankees ratings.” Levine: “If you are running for president, obviously you are a celebrity. This isn’t (going to be) a political debate show. These are well-known people who can add some flavor to the game.” More Levine: “Rudy Giuliani goes back with the [Yankees] for a long time. He attends many, many games and has a great affection for the team. If anybody else who is running for president is at the ballpark and asks me, I would recommend that person spend some time in our television and radio booths. It would be good for YES and WCBS.” But Levine added that the conversation “should center on baseball, not politics” (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 3/25).

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