As the New York Yankees get set to take the field at Yankee Stadium for their 116th Opening Day, roughly 900,000 Comcast customers in the New York metro area will miss the first pitch and possibly many more to come.
YES Network has been dark to Comcast customers in parts of New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania since Nov. 18. The team was originally scheduled to open the regular season on April 4, but inclement weather delayed the opener to April 5at 1:05 p.m.
In a statement YES expressed its disappointment that a deal hasn’t been reached.
“Opening Day should be a time of celebration for baseball fans everywhere, but Comcast continues to deny close to a million of its subscribers access to New York Yankees telecasts on the YES Network,” YES said in a statement. “Comcast should restore YES to its lineup and honor the deal to which it agreed last season so that YES’ Yankees telecasts, among the most popular sports programming in the U.S., are available to all Comcast viewers in the Tri-State area.”
Comcast has argued that the RSN is charging too much (about $5.93 per subscriber per month, according to SNL Kagan) relative to its overall value. Comcast has said in the past that its customers in the New York area don’t watch the channel, a claim YES has disputed.
“We are sorry that we were not able to bring back the YES Network for Yankees fans ahead of Opening Day,” Comcast said in a statement. “We want to carry the network immediately if FOX would offer it to us at a reasonable price. We continue to hope FOX will make an offer that represents the value of the network so we can carry it."
Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka is scheduled to take the mound for the Bombers at 1:05 p.m., against Houston Astros 2015 Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel.