August 10, 2022

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Bob Raissman: Does Aaron Decide’s unsure future with the Yankees drive rankings? YES

The Yankees and Aaron Decide can’t agree on what the slugger is value, when it comes to moolah and years. But the Bombers’ backside line doesn’t embrace what his worth is to the Yankees Leisure and Sports activities Community.

When Brian Cashman and his crew are crunching the numbers on Decide, they don’t quantify how he impacts the TV rankings. Or cable, satellite tv for pc and streaming subscriptions, in addition to promoting gross sales. The general philosophy is successful drives viewership and YES’ backside line. Cashman’s concern is successful a World Collection and doing it throughout the price range set by Hal Steinbrenner.

But, the Decide facet of the aisle would make a case for the large outfielder bringing great worth to YES. And the way his departure from the Bombers would negatively impression YES, which the Yankees personal 26% of.

Whereas the Yankees produce other star gamers, like Giancarlo Stanton and Gerrit Cole, Decide is a celebrity who transcends the sport. Rob Manfred sprinkled extra glitter on that star when he referred to Decide as “the face” of baseball. So, Aunt Tillie, the informal baseball fan, is aware of who Decide is. These informal followers usually tend to tune into YES to see Decide step to the plate. Informal followers drive viewership. They are often the distinction between wholesome rankings and hefty rankings.

A crew can’t manufacture a celebrity.

Decide reached that plateau naturally by his efficiency, management and persona, which at occasions will be prickly. That’s a part of an interesting/intriguing “dwelling grown” package deal. It’s why YES’ cameras observe and concentrate on him (particularly within the dugout, which he doesn’t like) greater than another Yankee participant. When YES’ cameras zoom in on Decide, within the discipline or at bat, they create an anticipatory feeling that one thing goes to occur. It brings juice to YES telecasts which can be typically three+ hour slogs.

Who brings that aura to YES if Decide leaves the Bronx?

Who does YES spotlight in its video openings if Decide splits?

It may very well be argued that Decide is YES’ largest star. He helps generate extra viewership than Nets superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. This comes at a time when the NBA is a extra well-liked sport than baseball.

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If Decide is to ultimately depart, he’s not going to depart YES earlier than offering main storylines (and fireworks) the remainder of this season. All YES voices ought to dig into (until orders have been despatched from the highest down) Decide’s contract controversy. It’s an electrical matter that may very well be percolating for months.

Then there’s the lead-up to the primary week in Might when the Yankees go to Toronto. If Decide is unvaccinated and may’t make the journey into Canada, he’ll create extra controversial content material for YES’ Bombers telecasts.

When July rolls round, and the commerce deadline (anyplace between July 28 and Aug. 3) approaches, YES voices can take part on the hypothesis (If no deal is finished) about Decide being traded. Extra intrigue courtesy of the Decide.

Solely on YES. No less than for yet one more season.

WHERE’S RECKER?

John Smoltz is now not with the MLB Community as a result of he declined to get vaccinated for COVID-19.

Paul O’Neill gained’t get vaccinated both however he nonetheless works YES telecasts from his Ohio dwelling.

May Anthony Recker, who incessantly seems on SNY’s “Baseball Night time in New York” and the Mets pre and postgame exhibits be following his brother analysts’ No-Jab coverage? May he too have declined to get vaccinated?

Recker, the previous Mets catcher, has not been seen on both present in a month. And the commercials for SNY’s Mets studio exhibits now characteristic regulars Gary Apple, Todd Zeile and beginner, former Mets reliever, Jerry Blevins.

Recker is nowhere to be discovered. As evidenced on his BNNY appearances, Recker can generally be cussed and strong-willed. Maybe he’s taking some type of stand (we name it Going Kyrie) on this vaccination scenario. A stand which will have price him his gig.

STEADY STREAM OF BASEBALL

There may be one factor for sure because the 2022 NBA playoffs unfold: each single recreation will likely be televised on an ESPN or Turner Sports activities affiliated broadcast or cable platform. ESPN and Turner are the unique nationwide TV companions of the league.

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It exhibits how a lot worth, in comparison with their relationship with Main League Baseball, the 2 retailers put within the NBA. In 2021 when ESPN/Turner each renewed their Main League Baseball broadcast packages (with barely revised programming) that they had no qualms about leaving the door large open for streaming companies to crash the celebration.

Neither ESPN or Turner cared sufficient to dam out streaming companies from MLB’s Friday night time or Sunday morning/afternoon home windows. And since Fox, MLB’s third community accomplice, has no leisure or sports activities streaming platform, ESPN and Turner left the window open. Now Apple and Peacock have jumped into the area (Amazon will even stream 21 unique Yankees video games) and it’s no thriller the place that is all heading.

The streamers footprint in baseball will solely develop and whereas the postseason could also be out of sight for the following 5 – 6 years, their attain into the game of baseball might finally develop proper as much as the World Collection.

THIS ROSE (INTERVIEW) STINKS

Nobody needs to be stunned that Knicks prez Leon Rose sat down “solely” with Dolan TV’s (aka MSG Community) Minister of Info, Mike Breen, for his first interview since September.

This was enterprise as regular for James (Guitar Jimmy) Dolan and his crew. Historically, Backyard mouths have been informed to maintain shut. And when you’re going to “open up,” do it in a managed surroundings.

Would we be shocked if Rose truly had advance information of Breen’s questions? Completely not. When the interviewer and the topic of the interview work for a similar boss, who additionally owns the community, you possibly can’t assist however odor a powerful odor of dwelling cooking.

AROUND THE DIAL

Lengthy earlier than Gerrit Cole mentioned he was pissed off over his Opening Day begin towards Boston being delayed, YES’ David Cone speculated (within the first inning), the explanation the Yankees’ pitcher was hit exhausting early had every thing to do with being “out of his regular rhythm.” YES aired a video replay of Cole, within the dugout, screaming at whoever would hearken to get the sport began. What you had right here was YES crafting an excuse for Cole BEFORE he even concocted it. … Alex Rodriguez, David Ortiz, Roger Clemens all on the identical telecast. Till additional discover, the primary episode of ESPN’s KayRod Solid will likely be recognized for this historic gathering of three PED cheats. One of the best factor we will say in regards to the KayRod Solid’s debut? No less than it didn’t suck. … Kudos to FAN’s Craig Carton/Evan Roberts for specializing in the Brooklyn Subway capturing throughout their Tuesday present. Their sports activities discuss competitors, ESPN-98.7′s “The Michael Kay Present,” talked about the capturing earlier than segueing into all-sports mode. Did the Trio Grande (DLG, Kay, Rosenberg) make this lame resolution themselves. Or did it come down from on excessive? … After additional analysis, and assist from individuals who know greater than we do (that’s a lot of the Free World), it has develop into obvious that an outdated video of Kiner’s Korner, is sort of not possible to seek out. Or of such poor high quality it wouldn’t be of any use to SNY’s new app. … Throughout Sunday’s Mets-Nats telecast, SNY’s Ron Darling mentioned Montreal was considered one of his favourite cities to go to when he was a participant. “The one factor I didn’t like,” he mentioned on the air, “was going by Customs.” Why? Did he have one thing to cover? Like a bottle of wine or one thing?

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DUDE OF THE WEEK: JOEY VOTTO

Positive glad somebody at ESPN knew that miking the Reds slugger for the season opener in Atlanta would produce a TV efficiency worthy of an Emmy nomination. The Votto audio was entertaining. What a novel idea.  Extra of this, please.

DWEEB OF THE WEEK: CAM NEWTON

Right here’s a man who was a No. 1 general draft decide, a star quarterback, a league MVP who led his crew to the Tremendous Bowl. Now, Newton decides it’s a swell concept to behave like a sexist on a podcast. Let it go, man. Your individual view on a girl’s function don’t have to be heard or shared.

DOUBLE TALK

What Aaron Boone mentioned: “He [Isiah Kiner-Falefa] will settle in and be the quality-of-contact man he’s.”

What Aaron Boone meant to say: “I want he would truly begin getting on base.”

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