Why Yankees-Red Sox Not On Friday’s Traditional TV Broadcast Despite Aaron Judge’s Home Run Propensity

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The Yankees will comfortably lead the AL East heading into the weekend. Their magic number for the division is in the single digits. Even more remarkably, to the general fan’s interest now, superstar outfielder Aaron Judge sits on the brink of home-run history.

On Friday, the Yankees continue their series against their biggest rival, the Boston Red Sox. But fans won’t find it on traditional TV broadcasts.

Friday’s game is set to air on Apple TV+ and will not be broadcast anywhere else. No, it won’t be on the national television networks. Neither does MLB Network. Even the YES Network — the Yankees’ local channel — won’t carry it live. MLB.tv subscribers will not be able to stream the game with their subscriptions. Fans don’t need to subscribe or pay for it (More info here), but the only way they can watch the entire game is via Apple TV+. ,The league has offered live look-ins on MLB.com (In Judge’s at-bats earlier in the week.)

As most baseball fans have surely noticed, this has been the case all season in select Friday night games. However, given the circumstances surrounding Judge’s push for 60 home runs, more attention is now being paid to the exclusive broadcast. The Yankees have tried to make a “trade” to take the game to YES. As stated therein New York PostIt also suggests that such an agreement is not possible.

Thursday, YES announced that Wednesday’s game against the Pirates was the network’s most-watched non-Subway Series (opposing Mets) game in four years.

The deal between MLB and Apple was announced back in the spring shortly after MLB’s owner-imposed lockout ended. The deal is worth $85 million over seven years to MLB. According to Forbes,

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