The New York Yankees not only racked up a win against the Blue Jays on Tuesday night, but also against ESPN’s scheduling issues.
The feud began when it was revealed that the Yankees would be playing the Blue Jays on July 8th at 8:05PM, only to play the Baltimore Orioles in a doubleheader the following afternoon. The Yankees contested, as the game times would force the Bronx Bombers to have to travel from the neighbors in the north to Baltimore, with only a few hours to sleep (if that), before playing two games.
ESPN refused to budge, citing that the game had been scheduled since last December and that the game would be a huge draw for their 7 o’clock All Star game selection show.
Thus, the fire storm began. With the Yankees threatened to boycott ESPN, by refusing to speak to reporters and analysts for the entire season. Rob Manfred, MLB Commissioner and the MLB Players Association, stepped in to come up with a solution to the dilemma.
Yesterday, ESPN announced that the Angels and Dodgers game in LA would replace the Yankee and Blue Jay game as the “Sunday Night Baseball” game.
This move should be seen as a positive win for baseball as a whole, as any team caught in the position the Yankees were in would have been infuriated. It was also refreshing to see The Commissioner and the Players Association working together as well. Overall a good showing by all.
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- NY Daily News