The New York Yankees are doing everything they can to try and get Friday’s Yankees-Red Sox game on YES in addition to Apple TV, but the best they may be able to do is lend Michael Kay to the streaming service.
According to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, the Yankees made an offer of Kay, David Cone and Paul O’Neill, plus production support, to put Friday’s game on YES Network where Aaron Judge could potentially break the American League record of 61 home runs.
Apple and MLB have declined the offer, although Kay could be used to call Judge’s at-bats for the Apple broadcast to at least give Yankees fans a familiar voice for the possible historic moment.
No deal has been accepted by Kay as of Thursday afternoon and he did not respond to Marchand’s request for comment.
Friday’s Yankees-Red Sox game is part of MLB’s deal with Apple TV+ to exclusively stream games on Friday nights this season for a national audience. While Apple TV is a subscription service, its MLB games have been available for free.
While fans can certainly access the streaming service on Apple without a subscription, there is still fear that such a big moment of the MLB season may not have as wide a reach as it should.
Per Marchand, YES officials are still holding out hope a deal can be reached to air the game on YES and added that the network is also open to running Apple’s broadcast on its airwaves to make it easier for Yankees fans to watch and keep Apple’s exclusivity.
With Judge entering Thursday at 60 home runs, the Yankees’ home broadcast only has Saturday’s game remaining on its schedule this weekend.
Thursday will be broadcast nationally on Fox with Adam Amin and John Smoltz on the call while Friday’s Apple TV stream will be called by Stephen Nelson, Hunter Pence and Katie Nolan.
Sunday’s game will be on ESPN, where David Cone is a color commentator and Michael Kay hosts an alternative broadcast with Alex Rodriguez on ESPN2.