DirecTV’s agreement with the YES Network expires at 11:59 p.m. Friday, though the two sides are still negotiating on a new deal.
The satellite company released the following statement regarding the YES Network:
“You may have heard that our current contract with YES Network expires April 1. We wanted you to know that DIRECTV is still negotiating with YES Network. Their threats to take down the channel are nothing more than gamesmanship to try and gain leverage in the talks. Obviously their goal is to get DIRECTV customers to pay as much as possible for their network, so these are the games that they play in negotiations. This will get resolved if YES agrees that DIRECTV should pay the same amount as the other three dominant TV providers in the market (Comcast, Time Warner & Cablevision). DIRECTV customers should not be forced to pay a penny more for YES Network.
DIRECTV plans to keep the channel up while we conclude these negotiations. However, if the channel should go dark for any reason, make no mistake that it was solely the decision of YES Network to take the channel away from DIRECTV customers.
If YES Network goes dark, MLB Extra Innings and NBA League Pass customers will continue to see Yankees and Nets games but will not have access to the YES Network feed. In most instances DIRECTV will provide the opposing team’s feed for these packages. If you receive YES Network as your local RSN unfortunately these games will not be available.”
Yankee fans shouldn’t worry … yet.