YES Network Says Goodbye To Yankee Stadium
By Andrew Lippe
When the New York Yankees closed out their home schedule on Sunday night and, in turn, closed out Yankee Stadium, it also ended an era for the YES Network, hometown network for the Yankees. Eight Sony HD cameras captured the pre- and post-game festivities for the network as Game Creek’s Yankee Clipper mobile unit finished up its official New York Yankee home-game duties.
The YES Network could have made use of ESPN’s cameras, but Ed Delaney, YES Network, VP, operations, says, “We felt it was important to have control of our own telecast.”
The network’s coverage began at 6 p.m. and featured live on-the-field interviews plus taped features that brought the stadium’s history to life. Wireless HD cameras on the field made it easier to get around the field both before and after the game.
Delaney, like many Yankee fans, has some special memories in Yankee Stadium. His first-ever remote as an ABC Sports production manager took place at Yankee Stadium in 1988, and Mark Gubicza, who grew up in the same Philadelphia neighborhood as Delaney, pitched in the game. But Delaney is looking forward to the new stadium and new facilities.
“The Yankees have been great in addressing our broadcasting needs, from truck parking to the panels for cabling and transmissions,” says Delaney. “It will be a state-of-the-art facility, not only as a baseball stadium but also as a broadcast facility.”