YES, DirecTV Continue Talks As Contract Deadline Draws Nigh4/06/2011 4:46 PM Eastern
YES, the regional sports network home of the New York Yankees and New Jersey Nets, and DirecTV remain in clubhouse conservations concerning their approaching contractual deadline.
According to officials at the RSN and the No. 1 DBS provider, the parties, whose agreement was originally set to expire at midnight on April 2, have continued in ongoing negotiations in front of the extension that currently takes them through April 7.
However, it remained unclear at press time as to exactly when the extension will expire. YES is scheduled to televise the finale of a four-game set with the Minnesota Twins from Yankee Stadium at 1 p.m. on April 7.
With the extension, there has been no interruption of service, as DirecTV subscribers have had access to all of YES's Bronx Bombers' telecasts thus far this season: Opening Day March 31 and April 3 against the Detroit Tigers, as well as the first three games against the Twins, April 4-6.
Whether that will change tomorrow or by Friday when YES televises the Yankees' battle with the Boston Red Sox, in their nemesis' matinee home opener at 2 p.m., remains to be seen. The remainder of the weekend series in Fenway will air on Fox on Saturday afternoon and ESPN on Sunday night.
As the NBA season winds down, YES has upcoming Nets telecasts set for April 8, 10 and 11.
SNL Kagan pegs the RSN's license fee at somewhere between $2.60-$2.82 per subscriber per month.
DirecTV had said earlier that it should pay the same amount as the other three top YES distributors in the New York market, Cablevision, Time Warner Cable and Comcast.
In a separate affiliate matter, YES has informed Cablevision that the transmission of live TV on the cable operator's iPad in-home app is not permitted their existing distribution contract.