Suzyn (Ma Pinstripe) Waldman waited until the seventh inning Saturday, as the Yankees were going down to Boston, to inquire. “Wonder how many questions will go by before someone asks Joe Girardi if it’s time to sell?” She asked her radio partner John (Pa Pinstripe) Sterling. “Suzyn, you’ve got to admit if it keeps going like this (for the Yankees), it’s going to be time to sell,” Pa said. Say what? It’s telling these two voices, known for their optimism and sunnyside stylings, appear to be resigned to Yankees brass ultimately pulling the plug on the season. The ramifications of the Yankees becoming sellers have been over-dissected and re-regurgitated. What will be left for the media to cover should the Yankees become baseball’s version of burnt toast in August? Obviously, the Bombers radio (WFAN) and TV (Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network) outlets will air what will be two months of meaningless … [Read more...] about What is the ripple effect on the media if Yankees continue to lose?
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Would CBS dare sue a Pope? Mike (Sports Pope) Francesa says the giant corporation, which owns WFAN, threatened to do just that. CBS says that’s not the case. Early in his Tuesday afternoon audience with the unwashed masses, Francesa claimed he received a letter from CBS earlier this month threatening to sue him if he continues talking about his Fox Sports 1 simulcast situation on the air. “There has been no discussion of any kind in regards to a lawsuit,” CBS Radio, indicating Francesa speaks with forked tongue, said in a statement. Francesa said the arrival of the “letter” coincided with the 25th anniversary of the FANdroids releasing the white smoke signaling the beginning of his afternoon drive-time reign. “Sometimes you get a cake or a watch. Sometimes you get a letter (from CBS) threatening to sue you,” Francesa said. “That’s what I got.” The Pope has often complained on the air about Fox bumping his … [Read more...] about Mike Francesa says CBS threatened to sue him over complaints about Fox Sports 1 simulcast, CBS says it’s not true
It should now be apparent to Mike (Sports Pope) Francesa the Foxies signed his WFAN simulcast as a fill-in show for Fox Sports 1 when it is not airing event programming. Since the pontiff debuted on FS1 in late March, in a deal negotiated after he was dumped by the Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network (it signed Michael Kay's ESPN-98.7 yackfest simulcast) , his show has been pre-empted by UEFA Champions League soccer and NASCAR practice. His Holiness has rolled with this until one of the unwashed masses approached the balcony Thursday and inquired about the FS1 situation. "We're working on it, is all I can tell you," an irate All-Knowing One said. "They (Fox) have dropped the ball when it's come to handling what they promised. We're working on it with the scheduling… They have not done what they promised to do, scheduling wise." Francesa claimed he had met with the Foxies on Thursday to clear up the situation. Industry moles said no one kissed his ring. … [Read more...] about Mike Francesa says Fox Sports 1 has ‘dropped the ball’ on scheduling of his show
The Yankees organization can only hope its fan base is willing to give it the vote of confidence CBS is on the brink of delivering. Even with the Bombers nearing a state of transition on the field, CBS is apparently willing to sign a 10-year deal, shelling out $15 million-$20 million per to secure the team’s radio rights for WFAN. This is quite an investment, a gamble/risk, on a product that’s going to need some fixing, a team with some major holes at a number of positions moving forward. The Yankees suits who negotiated this deal must have been wearing golden fleeces. By the third year of this radio contract, who knows what the Yankees will look like with the absence of franchise icons such as Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte, who have been fixtures for the team for nearly two decades? Who even knows if Suzyn (Ma Pinstripe) Waldman and John (Pa Pinstripe) Sterling will be behind the microphones? And who knows what the state of the franchise will … [Read more...] about Yankees move to WFAN, but what state will team be in over length of massive 10-year deal?
In a last-ditch attempt to save a long-running television series, the producers can drastically alter the script or bring in a new star. When it comes to the big show, New York Yankees baseball, artificial enhancements are not an option. It’s all about reality. Judging that actuality by the sounds of panic in pinstriped paradise, amplified recently by Mark Teixeira taking an 8-to-10 week trip to the hurt locker, is to know a change is coming. An ominous shift in fortunes with the potential to leave an unfamiliar stench over the South Bronx. Put it this way: By the time the Bombers’ 2013 season ends, we will find out if those pictures of Brian (Crash) Cashman, flat on his behind after his skydive ended in a broken-leg-landing, serve as a metaphor for failure, or a club picking itself up, overcoming adversity and making it into the playoffs. Even if the Yankees end up in the toilet, it ain’t all bad. On the contrary, it will make for must-see TV. Recent … [Read more...] about Tumultuous Yankees season could lead to big-time TV ratings
The Boston Symphony Orchestra canceled its scheduled concert Monday night. The Boston Bruins canceled their hockey game with the Ottawa Senators. Tuesday night, the Boston Celtics canceled their basketball game with the Indiana Pacers. That’s what we do when we’re stunned by something as unfathomable as Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing. Potential security concerns aside, sports and entertainment just suddenly don’t seem so important. Which, while we’re still reeling from the immediate shock wave, they are not. Down the road, though, sports and entertainment play an irreplaceable role in helping us heal. In a country where sociopolitical issues from gun control to school curricula divide us sharply and often bitterly, sports and entertainment provide the common ground for detente. At a concert by Bruce Springsteen, who has twice helped elect Barack Obama President, the guy in the 10th row pumping his fist and singing the chorus … [Read more...] about In wake of tragedies like Boston Marathon bombing, entertainment and sports help us heal together
When Michael Kay said the Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network mouths were getting their first chance Tuesday night to talk about Jorge Posada's new role as bench warmer, a road map wasn't needed to figure out where the discussion was headed. Considering Posada's anemic offensive output it would be hard - even for Jorge loyalists - to argue against Joe Girardi's decision. If any of the YES men wanted to debate the move they would be hard-pressed to make a case. Still, with former players Ken Singleton and Paul O'Neill behind the microphones, there had to be some empathy for what Posada is experiencing. What followed wasn't exactly a flood of heartfelt emotion, not even a trickle. Kay reported what transpired in Boston Sunday night when Posada was relieved of his designated-hitter duties. "This has got to be a difficult thing for the organization to do and a hard thing for a proud Yankee to accept," Kay said. No arguing the latter. The former is open, wide open, for … [Read more...] about YES Network talking heads don’t get to heart of the issue in Yankees’ benching of Jorge Posada
TAMPA - Two restaurant titans were still mourning the death of George Steinbrenner Wednesday. After all, how often can you say your decades-long best customer was also your closest friend? "I love him, what can I tell you? I loved the guy," says Malio Iavarone, the owner of the famed Malio's, which closed in 2005. Its successor, the more chic Malio's Prime Steakhouse, has been open since 2007 in downtown Tampa. "We just loved each other. What else can I say?" adds Elaine Kaufman, 81, the inimitable owner of Elaine's on the upper East Side of Manhattan, referring to her long friendship with The Boss. While Steinbrenner wielded his baseball power from his offices at the then Legends Field (now Steinbrenner Field) and at the old Stadium during a pinstriped rule that began in 1973, the next two most important nerve centers for The Boss were Iavarone's and Kaufman's eating establishments. Elaine's was where many Yankee celebrations took place, but Malio's was the epicenter of … [Read more...] about Owners of George Steinbrenner’s favorite restaurants, Malio’s and Elaine’s, will miss The Boss
ALBANY - The head of the state ethics board has ties to the Yankees - even as his agency has been asked to probe whether Gov. Paterson accepted an illegal gift from the team, the Daily News has learned. Michael Cherkasky, who chairs the Public Integrity Commission, is also CEO of Altegrity, which does background searches. Altegrity, according to its Web site, is owned by Providence Equities, a private investment firm that lists the Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network among its investments. The Yankees not only pay lobbyists to represent the club's interests in Albany, but the team is also registered and regulated by the Public Integrity Commission. "This is an obviously potential conflict and we are curious to see how the commission deals with it," said Blair Horner of the New York Public Interest Research Group. After it was revealed in early November that a Paterson aide had solicited and received World Series tickets from the Yankees for the governor, NYPIRG requested … [Read more...] about Yankees ties a headache for Public Integrity Commission chair Michael Cherkasky
The New York Yankees television network, valued at $850 million when it started almost six years ago, may be sold for as much as $2 billion. Yankees Entertainment & Sports Network is owned by the Major League Baseball team, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and former New Jersey Nets owner Raymond Chambers. Goldman is running "a limited check" on the market, spokesman Peter Rose said. "We would only consider selling if we received what we believe is a price reflecting its real value," he said, declining to put a dollar amount on the network. The YES network generated about $340 million in revenue last year based on 11.4 million subscribers, according to John Mansell, a media industry analyst. The Boston Red Sox-owned New England Sports Network produced $125 million last year with four million subscribers, he said. Yankees President Randy Levine said the club had "no intention" of selling its interest in YES. "What is going on is, on the fifth year anniversary of YES, a testing of … [Read more...] about Yankees may sell YES Network