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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Michael Kay still can't broadcast inside Yankee stadium on game days, that privilege has been reserved for Yankee radio broadcasters since 2002-NY Radio Message Bd.

5/12/14, "Michael Kay still can't broadcast inside Yankee stadium on game days," NY Radio Message Board

"Posted by Kevin Canessa Jr. on May 12, 2014 at 14:57:06:

I apologize that this is coming several weeks into the baseball season, but it really just hit me today since Mike Francesa is broadcasting inside Yankee Stadium today for Mets-Yankees.

Despite Michael Kay and Don LaGreca having their show now on YES, they're still not permitted to broadcast from inside the stadium (per LaGreca), presumably based on the radio agreement with CBS / WFAN.

I really thought that with YES simulcasting the show, that might have changed. But it hasn't. Was this a deal maker with WFAN and the Yankees?

I know it may not seem like much, but all these years later, it just seems bizarre the Yankees play-by-play man cannot broadcast his radio show on the TV network owned by the team, inside the stadium.

Is this just not a big deal? Am I over-reacting by thinking this is absurd all the years later?"

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"Posted by Vince V. on May 12, 2014 at 15:29:51:

In Reply to: Michael Kay still can't broadcast inside Yankee stadium on game days posted by Kevin Canessa Jr. on May 12, 2014 at 14:57:06:

It has nothing to do with the TV broadcasts, it's entirely related to WFAN/CBS Radio wanting broadcast radio exclusivity on site during game days.

It's been that way for 10+ years - the Yankee rights have been within the CBS Radio family since 2002, when ESPN Radio was just starting in NYC.

As for being a big deal - I think in some ways it is. For example I do not think there's a $ figure that CBS/WFAN would be willing to take to allow Kay/ESPN Radio to broadcast from inside the stadiums on game days.

And as much you say "hey it's the Yankee PBP man's show" the fact is that it's HIS radio show, OUTSIDE his Yankee broadcast responsibilities, on a COMPETING station of the Yankees radio rights holder.

No rights holder would want to just give away that kind of access to the competition."


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