ESPN Caves in TV Scheduling Battle After Yankees Threatened ‘All-Out War’
The network caved and dropped New York’s July 8 game from ‘Sunday Night Baseball.’
After the Yankees threatened to boycott ESPN interviews and engage in “all-out war” with the network, the Worldwide Leader has caved in and agreed to changing New York’s game schedule.
A previous ESPN scheduling plan would have forced the Yankees to play on Sunday Night Baseball in Toronto before playing a day-night doubleheader on Monday in Detroit.
The Yankees and manager Aaron Boone were incensed at the prospect of having to play three games in 24 hours in two different road stadiums and made it known they would not participate in ESPN interviews if the network insisted on keeping that Yankees game on the Sunday Night Baseball schedule.
Now, thanks to a peace deal brokered by MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, the Yankees-Blue Jays game has been moved back to the 1 p.m. time slot where it was originally scheduled.
Instead of broadcasting New York’s game on July 8, SNB will show the Dodgers and the Angels.
“I think clearly it ended up doing the right thing here considering the product and player safety and that kind of thing,” Boone, a former ESPN employee, said. “I am excited to get that news.’’
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