Millions of New York Yankees fans avoided a playoff baseball blackout nightmare when Altice and Disney reached an agreement just in the nick of time.
As we say goodbye to the regular season and anxiously say hello to the fickle beast known as the postseason, the Los Angeles Times‘ Meg James reported that New York cable provider Altice USA (the operator of Optimum Cable Service) and the Walt Disney Corporation struck a new television deal just before Sunday’s 5:00 p.m. ET deadline.
According to James, the last contract between the two powerhouses expired on Saturday. But a Sunday extension was granted due to the observance of the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur.
James added that the holdup in the new agreement was due to Altice’s reluctance to meet the exorbitantly-high asking price to carry ESPN, especially considering the severe subscriber decline that the network has recently suffered.
The deal allows nearly 2.6 million New York-area Optimum service subscribers to watch Tuesday night’s American League Wild Card winner-take-all game. Had they been unable to see their beloved Yankees play, it would have been a disaster in the Big Apple.
CC Stands for Considering Comeback
CC Sabathia has maintained throughout the season that he would like to continue his career past the expiration of his deal with the New York Yankees next month. Following his brilliant outing on Saturday that saw the big lefty shut out the Toronto Blue Jays through 5 2/3 innings in route to his 14th victory of the season, you can understand why.
Depending on how deep into October the Yankees get, Saturday’s start may have been Sabathia’s final appearance in Yankee pinstripes. The Oakland-native ended 2017 with the highest win total (14) since the 2013 season and the lowest ERA (3.69) since 2012.
FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees are prepared to offer the lefty a one-year deal worth between $8 million and $10 million to return.
Who’s to say exactly how much the 37-year old has left in the tank. However; if he can duplicate the work that he put in this season with the same results, there’s no reason Sabathia couldn’t remain a big leaguer for a few more years.
If the Yankees can get him for the reported price, sign him up.
MLB Releases Postseason Schedule
Now that the season has reached its end and the playoff brackets have been filled out, Major League Baseball has released the game/TV schedule up and through October 7.
Tuesday’s AL Wild Card game between the Minnesota Twins and the New York Yankees is set to begin at 8:09 p.m. ET on ESPN. Wednesday’s NL Wild Card game between the Colorado Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks is set for 8:08 p.m. ET on TBS.
Thursday’s doubleheader features the AL Division Series Game 1 between the Boston Red Sox and the Houston Astros starts at 4:08 p.m. ET on FS1/MLB Network and the winner of the ALWC heads to Cleveland to face the Indians at 7:38, also scheduled to be seen on FS1/MLB Network.
Friday might be more exciting than Opening Day with its slate of four games. Starting at 2:05 p.m. ET on FS1/MLB Network is Game 2 of the Boston/Houston series. Game 2 of the Cleveland/ALWC winner series is scheduled for 5:08 p.m. ET on FS1/MLB Network. The third game of the day is Game 1 between the Chicago Cubs and the Washington Nationals, which starts at 7:31 p.m. ET and can be seen on TBS. The fourth and final game is Game 1 of the Los Angeles Dodgers/NLWC winner series, with first pitch set for 10:31 p.m. ET and can also be seen on TBS.
Finally, Saturday’s game slate begins with Game 2 of the Cubs/Nationals series and can be seen at 5:38 p.m. ET on TBS. Game 2 between the Dodgers/NLWC winner starts at 9:08 p.m. ET and can also be seen on TBS.
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