Yankees will have 21 games only available on Amazon Prime

If you’re a Yankees fan, you need Amazon Prime Video to watch all your team’s games.

This season, 21 Yankees games can only be viewed via the giant e-commerce company’s streaming service. The games will mainly take place on Friday nights, according to sources.

The first game will be on Friday, April 22 when the Yankees host Cleveland, The Post has learned.

Amazon and YES declined to comment.

To make it as clear as possible, these games are not offered on YES or any other service. Amazon Prime Video only. They will only be available in the Yankees’ local footprint, which is primarily located in the New York tri-state area. These are the games that used to be on Ch. 11.

This is all part of the sports streaming evolution that is upon us as fans are encouraged to pay for more services to watch their team’s games.

The first local touchpoint this season, which is likely to cause a stir, will be Apple TV+’s new Friday night package, which will have the Mets’ second game of the season on April 8, when Max Scherzer is expected to make his debut against his old team will. the nationals.

MLB Network will be producing the Apple TV+ game, meaning Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling will not be on the phone. MLBN is yet to determine who will be on the mics. (It’s still a week, folks. Let’s go!) The Yankees also have two Apple TV+ games in the first 12 Friday nights.

Alongside the Apple TV+ deal, MLB plans to add some weekly late morning/early afternoon Sunday games to NBC’s streaming service Peacock. That deal hasn’t been announced yet as those games aren’t expected to start until May. So there is no schedule yet.

Meanwhile, baseball fans still need cables. Regional sports networks like YES and SNY have the vast majority of games. ESPN has exclusive Sunday Night Baseball games. TBS will have a new Tuesday night schedule, but the games won’t be exclusive.

The Amazon news might come as a surprise to viewers, but it’s been on the horizon for years. Back in June 2019, The Post reported that Amazon may have Yankees games on its video streaming service. This came after Amazon took a stake in YES along with Sinclair and the Yankees.

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Aaron Judge and the Yankees will play 21 Amazon Prime-only games this season.
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On the Yankees’ Amazon broadcast, YES announcers like play-by player Michael Kay and the regular analysts like Paul O’Neill will announce the games. So unlike the Apple TV+, the viewing experience will feel familiar.

As for fans outside of the Yankees’ three-state footprint who have the out-of-market package to watch the Yankees through MLB.TV, those fans are expected to still be able to watch those 21 games.

Amazon’s sports video strategy has focused on getting rights to the most impactful programming. Alongside the Yankees, it will premiere its exclusive NFL coverage, “Thursday Night Football,” in the fall. Internationally it has gained a foothold with top football games such as the Premier League and cricket.

Amazon Prime has reported more than 200 million subscribers. Its ubiquity is due in large part to the “free shipping” included in its $139 annual fee.

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Yankees fans need Amazon Prime to watch 21 Yankees games this season.
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The company recently raised the price from $119 a year, citing in part its new contract with the NFL, which is worth more than $1 billion a season. Now in the tri-state region of New York Yankees games will be added to the service. It will be the only place you can watch these Yankees games.

Schrager was on top

There were a few people before the “something’s wrong” Tom BradyBruce Arians Story. The fact that Brady retired and then Arians resigned is too coincidental — especially with the feeling that the two didn’t get along. One person I saw was from NFL Network Peter Schrager. He was abreast of the behind-the-scenes machinations that caused friction between the two. on Thursday with Rachel Bonetta In the hosts’ chair, the Good Morning Football crew did a fine job reporting the facts but raising eyebrows. Insiders don’t have to break the news — although that’s important — but really giving us more insight is where the money should be.

Clicker Book Club

Papa Clicker doesn’t play favorites, so he had a falling out with the New York Post’s sports columnist Ian O’Connor‘s “Coach K, The Rise and Reign of Mike Kryzyzewski.” O’Connor’s book is so well done and it’s now the authority on the legendary career, but Papa Clicker wanted more than half a page on Lehigh’s 2012 NCAA tournament, which angers Duke. The reason? papa clicker, my father, Herb Marchandis a Lehigh graduate, class of 1966.

Despite these minor transgressions, “Coach K” is a must-read and deserves another high note. O’Connor’s “Belichick” book – published before O’Connor joined The Post – earned the highest papa clicker score of all time, at 4.6 out of 5. For Coach K, O’Connor gets a 4.55 out of 5, which is a very high recommendation. Yankees will have 21 games only available on Amazon Prime


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