New York Yankees: YES

Yankees, Murdoch tie the knot

November, 20, 2012
Well, it's official -- Rupert Murdoch now has a key to the inner offices of the YES Network. As reported yesterday by the New York Times, the Australian-born media magnate's company has purchased a 49 percent share of YES, buying out unspecified portions of the 40 percent owned by Goldman Sachs, and presumably, part of the 34 percent owned by the Yankees.

In addition, News Corp. has the opportunity to increase its share of YES to 80 percent after three years, although, according to a press release from the Yankees, Yankees Global Enterprises would "retain a significant minority stake" in the regional sports network. The implications of the transaction could be very important to the future of the ballclub and the Steinbrenner family's continued ownership of the Yankees, as I wrote in my column yesterday.

We'll have more details as they become available.

Marakovits replaces Kim Jones on YES

March, 20, 2012
Kim Jones left YES to pursue other opportunities. Now, YES has announced that they have replaced Jones with Meredith Marakovits. Here is the release.
Meredith Marakovits has been named the YES Network’s New York Yankees clubhouse reporter, reporting on the team within the network’s Yankees game telecasts, pre- and post-game shows, and Yankees Batting Practice Today show. Marakovits will also appear on YES’ special Yankees programming and will contribute to, the YES Web site which has won New York Emmy Awards for Best Sports Site two out of the past three years.

“Meredith possesses major market experience, an ability to move from features to clubhouse work to studio work with ease, and the prerequisite knowledge of and passion for baseball,” said John J. Filippelli, president of production and programming for the YES Network. “Although she has excelled at covering numerous sports, Meredith has shown a particular talent for covering baseball, and she will fit right in with our Yankees broadcast team.”

“I am excited about covering arguably the greatest franchise in sports, the New York Yankees, with its rich history and its continued commitment to excellence,” said Marakovits. “I am very familiar with the Yankees, having covered them on both TV and radio. I am also eager to join the YES team and work alongside some of the best talent in the business.”

Most recently, Marakovits worked for several Comcast SportsNet regional sports networks including SNY in New York, where she was an anchor and also contributed to SNY programs The Wheelhouse, Daily News Live and GEICO Sportsnite. At Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, Marakovits has been the Philadelphia 76ers sideline reporter, as well as a contributor to Toyota Sportsnite. She was also a fill-in anchor at Comcast SportsNet New England.

On the radio side, Marakovits covered the Yankees and Mets for 1050 ESPN, and contributed elsewhere to WFAN radio in New York. Prior to her work in New York, Marakovits served as the Phillies reporter for 950 ESPN Radio/97.5 the Fanatic in Philadelphia. While there she covered back-to-back World Series, contributed to ESPN and ESPNews, and appeared on MLB's first reality series, The Pen.

Earlier in her career, Marakovits served as the pre- and post-game host and field reporter for the Emmy Award-winning Lehigh Valley Ironpigs Television Network in Allentown, Pennsylvania; the IronPigs are the Phillies' AAA affiliate. She also covered the Reading Phillies (AA affiliate) while there. Marakovits also worked for Service Electric 2’s sports division as a sideline reporter for college football, basketball, and indoor football broadcasts.

A Northampton, Pa. native, Marakovits is a graduate of LaSalle University in Philadelphia, where she played volleyball and graduated in 2005 with a degree in communications.

A decade of YES

March, 13, 2012
It seems like YES has been around forever, but it has only been a decade that the network has been around. To celebrate it, after the Yanks-Red Sox tonight, YES will have a special looking back at its first 10 years.

There will be plenty of Yankees stuff, of course. Here is the part of the network's news release, previewing the show:

Yankees – a look at the Bronx Bombers' 2009 World Series championship season, the various individual milestones achieved over the past decade (Jeter’s 3,000th career hit, Mariano Rivera's milestone saves among them), the team's final season in the old Yankee Stadium, and the inaugural season in the new Stadium; also included will be exclusive interviews with fans who attended the Red Sox-Yankees game on July 1, 2004 when Derek Jeter dove into the stands.

Piniella officially hired by YES

February, 22, 2012
YES has officially hired Lou Piniella. Here is the release:
Former New York Yankees player, manager and general manager Lou Piniella has joined the YES Network as a special contributor. He will provide Yankees game and studio analysis on YES, will be involved in the network’s Spring Training and potential post-season coverage, and will contribute to YES special event programming. Piniella will also contribute to Piniella will also be a guest on an upcoming YES CenterStage show hosted by Michael Kay.

One of the most popular Yankees, Piniella played his final 11 major league seasons with the team and was a pivotal piece of their World Series Championship teams in 1977 and 1978. During his time in the Bronx, he played on five American League East-winning teams and four pennant-winners. He also managed the Yankees from 1986 to 1987. He took over as New York’s general manager in 1988 and also resumed his manager’s role in June of that year.

“With five decades of experience as a player, coach, manager and general manager, Lou brings a rare combination of in-depth knowledge and experience to YES which is second to none,” said John J. Filippelli, president of production and programming, YES Network. “He is a true student of the game and has a genuine love of the game, and he will make his presence felt across various YES platforms throughout the season.”

The Tampa native was signed as an amateur free agent by the Cleveland Indians in 1962 and made his major league debut in 1964 for the Baltimore Orioles. He re-joined the Cleveland Indians in 1968 before moving the following season to the Kansas City Royals, where he was named the 1969 American League Rookie of the Year. During that 1969 season, the Royals’ inaugural season, he was the first batter in the team’s history (he hit a double in the April 8 season-opener). He was an All-Star with the Royals in 1972. In 1974, Piniella began his 11-year stint in Yankees pinstripes. Piniella owns a .291 career batting average, with 102 home runs and 766 runs batted in.

While managing Cincinnati from 1990 to 1992, he guided the Reds to the World Series Championship in 1990. Piniella was a two-time American League Manager of the Year while skippering the Mariners, in 1995 and again in 2001. He managed Tampa Bay from 2003-2005 and the Cubs from 2007-2010, earning National League Manager of the Year honors in 2008.

Piniella was a game analyst during MSG Network’s Yankees telecasts in 1989, and was an analyst for FOX Sports’ MLB coverage in 2006. He is a graduate of Tampa’s Jesuit High School, where he was an All-American basketball player. He played his collegiate baseball at the University of Tampa, earning NCAA Division II All-American honors.



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