Mets SNY beats YES Network in spring training ratings
- But who are the real winners and losers here?
- As such, Sunday night's appearances by the Yankees and Red Sox won't count against their maximum "Sunday Night Baseball" allotment.
- Teams are allowed a max of five appearances through the course of the season.
So, before a pitch is even thrown, ESPN is a winner. Most of the country will see Yankees-Red Sox on ESPN2, and the network will have the flexibility to air an "extra" Yankees and Red Sox game during the season. YES should do a monster rating Sunday night. It is a winner here, too.
- However, the TV circumstances surrounding Sunday night's matchup could return to haunt the Bombers. They could be the losers here. Through his tenure as Yankees manager, Joe Torre was never thrilled about playing on "Sunday Night Baseball."
It often left his team at a disadvantage for the next game on Monday night, often scrambling late into the night to get to a new city.
- This isn't an issue Sunday night. There's an off day Monday before the series continues in Boston.
- But looking ahead at the Yankees sked, and games ESPN could now air on Sunday night, there are
- some travel issues.
If ESPN decides to televise the June 20 Mets-Yankees game, the Bombers will have to catch a late bird to Arizona for a Monday nighter in the desert. On Sept. 26, ESPN could cherry-pick Red Sox-Yankees, which for the Bombers would be followed by a flight to Toronto for a Monday night date with the Jays.
- Of course, those who believe the Yankees' playoff ticket is already punched won't have a problem with any of this.
Others, who envision a tight race for the AL East and wild card, may want to consider this TV factor and the impact it might have on their team."
- "Heavy 'Sunday Night' ESPN schedule may put strain on New York Yankees," Bob Raissman, 4/3/10, NY Daily News