This marks the first season that will feature Yankees games on Amazon’s live-streaming service, which is free to subscribers of its Prime tier who live in the Yankees’ home-team footprint, which includes New York state, Connecticut, northeast Pennsylvania, and north and central New Jersey. The streams will be simulcasts of games produced by the regional-sports outlet YES that air on New York station WPIX and other broadcast partners for the Yankees games.
As part of its Yankees pact, Amazon will air a new 15-minute pre-game show on its service ahead of the first pitch, featuring a lineup of YES on-air talent. The pre-game show will preview the day’s game, highlight marquee match-ups and top players. Meanwhile, Prime subscribers in the Yankees home-team region can stream the games via Android, iOS mobile, and Fire TV, and gain access to live in-game stats, team and player details, and real-time play-by-play information.
Amazon has been part of the Yankees business since August of 2019, when it joined Amazon and Sinclair Broadcast Group to buy an 80% stake of YES from Walt Disney Co. in an arrangement that valued YES at $3.47 billion. Disney had to sell a passel of regional sports-focused cable networks previously owned by 21st Century Fox as part of a deal to acquire Fox’s cable and studio assets. The Yankees own 26% of YES. Sinclair owns 20% and Amazon owns 15%, with rights to acquire more. RedBird Capital, The Blackstone Group and Mubadala Capital are the other stakeholders in the outlet.