Sunday night Yankee-Red Sox season opener blacked out in some ESPN2 areas covered by YES Network
- will be blacked out in the Capital Region (Albany).
The game will be available on the YES Network, a situation that may disappoint Red Sox fans who would have preferred to watch a telecast not slanted toward the Yankees. (For my money, YES does a good job of not coming off as “homers,” but more of the talk naturally will be Yankees-related.)
An ESPN spokesman said that this particular Sunday night telecast is not exclusive, which means it must be blacked out in the home markets.
- By designating the game as such, ESPN will be able to show the both the Yankees and Red Sox five times on “Sunday Night Baseball” — five is the maximum —
- without having the opener count as one of the five."