NEW YORK, Jan. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The YES Network and Tribune Media Company today announced they have reached a multi-year agreement under which Tribune Media's PIX11 has secured exclusive over-the-air rights to the New York Yankees games in the New York DMA beginning with the 2015 Major League Baseball season. Specific financial terms were not released.
PIX11 will televise approximately 20 games this season; its broadcast schedule will be announced at a later date. PIX11 had been the broadcast home of the Yankees from 1951 through 1998. YES, which remains the exclusive local television rights holder for the Yankees, will televise 125 Yankees games this season.
"We are eager to enter into this new chapter with PIX11," said Tracy Dolgin, President & CEO, YES Network. "We look forward to working with PIX11 to bring all of the excitement, tradition and passion of Yankees baseball to fans throughout the Tri-State area. At the same time, we have appreciated working with My9, which had been our local broadcast partner since 2005."
"We are extremely excited to be bringing Yankees baseball back to PIX11 and we're looking forward to a great season," said Larry Wert, President of Broadcast Media for Tribune Broadcasting. "For nearly 50 years, the Yankees were synonymous with PIX11—we're thrilled to renew that partnership. This agreement is another demonstration of PIX11's commitment to offer its viewers the best news, sports and entertainment programming in the Tri-State area."
Founded in 1948 and owned by Tribune Broadcasting, a division of Tribune Media, WPIX-TV (PIX11) has long been regarded as a groundbreaking station in New York. In 2006, PIX11 became the flagship station of the CW Television Network and PIX11's award winning news, successful primetime programming, off-network sitcom favorites, public affairs shows and outstanding event coverage have contributed to the station's success. The station has been honored with numerous awards for excellence including nearly 300 Emmy® Awards (two for Outstanding Morning News Program and multiple Awards for Outstanding Newscast.) PIX11 also has a long history of local sports coverage. In 2014 PIX11 announced a long-term, exclusive content and marketing partnership with the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. PIX11 is also home to the New Jersey Lottery drawings. For more information visit www.pix11.com.
ABOUT TRIBUNE MEDIA COMPANY:
Tribune Media Company (NYSE: TRCO) is home to a diverse portfolio of television and digital properties driven by quality news, entertainment and sports programming. Tribune Media is comprised of Tribune Broadcasting's 42 owned or operated local television stations reaching more than 50 million households, national entertainment network WGN America, available in approximately 71 million households, Tribune Studios, and Gracenote, one of the world's leading sources of TV and music metadata powering electronic program guides in televisions, automobiles and mobile devices. Tribune Media also includes Chicago's WGN-AM, and the national multicast networks Antenna TV and THIS TV. Additionally, the Company owns and manages a significant number of real estate properties across the U.S. and holds other strategic investments in media. For more information please visit www.tribunemedia.com.
ABOUT YES NETWORK:
The YES Network, the most-watched regional sports network in the country in 11 of the past 12 years, features the 27-time World Champion New York Yankees, the Brooklyn Nets and the New York City Football Club of the MLS. YES, which has earned 346 Emmy Award nominations and 80 Emmy Awards since launch, also televises original biography, interview and magazine programs, in addition to college sports and Manchester City soccer. YES has been named the 7th-most valuable sports business brand in the world the past three years by Forbes magazine.
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