The New York Yankees have released the schedule of 21 games that will be exclusive to Amazon Prime in the New York market this season. It is bound to make the fans complaining about Major League Baseball’s streaming deals even more unhappy.
Nineteen of the 21 games on Amazon’s schedule are Friday night games. More importantly, three meetings between the Yankees and archrival Red Sox will be Amazon exclusives in New York. There is also a meeting with the Mets amongst those 21 games.
The games will look familiar. YES Network is providing the production and broadcast crews. They will just be a little harder to find for New Yorkers. Outside of the home market, the games will be available on MLB.tv.
Amazon will provide pre and postgame coverage too. YES’s Meredith Marakovits will host a thirty-minute show before each game highlighting the biggest individual matchups and providing highlights of earlier games. After the game, Amazon will carry manager Aaron Boone’s press conference.
The Yankees’ full schedule of exclusive games on Amazon is as follows:
Friday, April 22 vs. Cleveland Guardians – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, May 6 vs. Texas Rangers – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, May 13 @ Chicago White Sox – 8:00 p.m.
Friday, May 20 vs. Chicago White Sox – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, May 27 @ Tampa Bay Rays – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, June 10 vs. Chicago Cubs – 7:05 p.m.
Friday, June 24 vs. Houston Astros – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, July 1 @ Cleveland Guardians – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, July 8 @ Boston Red Sox – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, July 15 vs. Boston Red Sox – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, July 22 @ Baltimore Orioles – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, July 29 vs. Kansas City Royals – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, August 5 @ St. Louis Cardinals – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 16 vs. Tampa Bay Rays – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, August 19 vs. Toronto Blue Jays – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 23 vs. New York Mets – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, August 26 @ Oakland Athletics – 9:30 p.m.
Friday, September 9 vs. Tampa Bay Rays – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, September 16 @ Milwaukee Brewers – 8:00 p.m.
Friday, September 23 vs. Boston Red Sox – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, September 30 vs. Baltimore Orioles – 7:00 p.m.
All game times EDT. Schedule subject to change.
FOX Will Use Chris Fallica On Belmont Stakes Coverage
“While the Preakness and the Kentucky Derby remain at NBC, The Belmont Stakes is moving to FOX as part of the network’s deal with the New York Racing Association.”
The Bear will be more than just a college football presence when he moves to FOX. Chris Fallica wrapped his final duties for ESPN last week and is now headed to a new network and will tackle some new responsibilities.
Fallica’s new role at FOX will involve plenty of sports gambling content. Richard Deitsch of The Athletic reports that content will include horse racing.
“One Fox Sports source said look for him to appear on the Belmont Stakes coverage,” Deitsch wrote in his weekly media column.
Starting in 2023, horse racing’s Triple Crown will not be seen all in one place. While the Preakness and the Kentucky Derby remain at NBC, The Belmont Stakes is moving to FOX as part of the network’s deal with the New York Racing Association.
How the network intends to use Chris Fallica on the broadcast is not clear. Given that he is coming to the network to contribute to gambling conversations, it is likely he would either be making picks or at least reviewing odds right up to the start of the race.
NBCUniversal CEO Expects Disney To Buy Company’s Hulu Stake
“Shell noted that live sports coverage is helping make the stake in Hulu a luxury for NBCUniversal.”
The Walt Disney Company owns 67% of Hulu. The other 33% is owned by NBCUniversal. The latter company doesn’t expect that to be the case forever.
“It’s worth a lot of money,” NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell said at an investor conference earlier this week, “and I think there’s no indication that anything else is going to happen than Disney writing us a big check.”
Hulu is primarily a platform for movies and television shows. It is a major part of Disney’s deal with the NHL though. The streaming giant is part of the package of 103 games that are exclusive to ESPN and ABC. Hulu is also a live TV provider for many. The company’s Hulu Plus Live TV package had over 4 million subscribers as of the summer of 2022.
Shell noted that live sports coverage is helping make the stake in Hulu a luxury for NBCUniversal. He credits sports and content migrated from Hulu as the reason Peacock has grown to 18 million paid subscriptions since September.
Deadline reports that if Disney does want to acquire NBCUniversal’s stake in Hulu, “the price could fluctuate but will be in the tens of billions of dollars.”
Greg Olsen Believes He and Kevin Burkhardt Can Handle Games ‘On Any Stage’
“Obviously, the bosses get paid a lot to make hard decisions. You have to obviously do what your bosses decide. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.”
“If you’re asking me, I think Kevin and I have shown that we can handle a game on any stage – on any day. We just did it on Thanksgiving. We’ll do it again around Christmas. And obviously throughout the [NFL] Playoffs,” said Olsen. “So whatever decision they make. Obviously, the bosses get paid a lot to make hard decisions. You have to obviously do what your bosses decide. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.
“But as of now, I anticipate Kevin and I, the two of us, with Erin and Tom down on the sidelines, the four of us, broadcasting the Super Bowl in February in Arizona. Until I’m told otherwise, that’s how we’re proceeding.”
Olsen also told FOS he has negotiated a new contract with FOX Sports, but declined to share details. He is slated to be replaced on the top broadcast crew once Tom Brady ends his playing career. Brady will then begin a 10-year, $375 million contract to serve as the network’s top NFL game analyst and brand ambassador.