New York City FC and YES Network announced their much anticipated union Wednesday afternoon, with the Yankee-founded network serving as the new home of Major League Soccer’s 20th franchise.
A multi-year, multi-platform deal sees YES become NYCFC’s local, english speaking affiliate for both home and away matches, with the exception of national broadcasts. It will also serve as a “compliment” to their current deal with WFAN, pooling resources from each organization to broadcast matches across all media platforms.
“It is only fitting that YES has become New York City FC’s television partner, given the New York Yankees’ investment in the club and New York City FC’s playing in the number one market in the country, at Yankee Stadium in particular,” said YES President Tracy Dolgin. “The Yankees-Man City ownership structure, along with the presence of Jason Kreis and Claudio Reyna, give New York City FC instant credibility, and we expect it to become one of MLS’ flagship franchises in no time.”
YES Network will transmit NYCFC broadcasts throughout New York State and Connecticut, north and central New Jersey, and northeastern Pennsylvania. Blacked-out matches will be streamed live on the FOX Sports GO app; available to subscribers of Time Warner Cable and Cablevision. The streaming option is the first of its kind amongst area soccer providers.
WFAN will also offer a live stream on their website, offering an alternative for days where Yankee and Nets broadcasts bump NYCFC from the station. Already, they have secured an overflow station agreement with 970AM in such case where matches could not go on 660AM live.
According to Dolgin, FOX is taking a special interest in the project, helping to form the broadcast content on the YES network, from production to television and radio personalities. They have narrowed options for their play-by-play and color analyst options, but won’t come to a decision on personnel until the new year.
Read more at Empire of Soccer where this story was originally published.