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Monday, March 29, 2010

Sunday night Yankee-Red Sox season opener blacked out in some ESPN2 areas covered by YES Network

"The ESPN2 telecast of major league baseball’s opener, matching the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox on Sunday night at Fenway Park,
  • 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."
Albany Times-Union, "Sorry, Red Sox fans, Sunday night's telecast is only on YES," by Pete Dougherty

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