Yankees, YES Network Exploring Radio Options, New Programming
The Yankees and YES Network are "exploring developing YES Radio, while leveraging its current content and creating new shows in the beginning of a series of moves that could have huge implications" on the "future of sports media," according to Andrew Marchand of the N.Y. POST. The plans will "go into overdrive" upon the completion of the $3.5B deal that will "restore the Yankees as the network's largest shareholder." Sources said that while "nothing is changing in the short term, Amazon Prime could eventually become a place where some Yankees games are housed, at least digitally." Sources added that YES and SiriusXM have "had discussions" about expanding the Yankees/YES audio and "housing the radio network on the satellite service." Those talks "could pick up" once the $3.5B deal is done. YES is "without limitations, so, though radio might be one starting point, podcasts and other means of distribution will be explored." YES has "big potential plans to leverage the programming it already creates," which could be "distributed in a number of ways digitally from Prime to Amazon Music" (N.Y. POST, 6/7). YES Network President of Production & Programming John Filippelli was featured in Friday's Weekend Plans (THE DAILY).