Report: Yankees Threatening To Boycott ESPN
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone, a former ESPN employee, is not happy with his former employer.
According to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, the Yankees reportedly threatening to boycott ESPN after the network scheduled the team for a TV game at an disadvantageous time.
"The Yankees are threatening to boycott ESPN personnel all year, according to sources with knowledge of the team’s thinking," Marchand writes.
It all stems from ESPN's decision to change the start time of the Yankees July 8th road game against the Toronto Blue Jays from 1:07pm EST first pitch to an 8:07pm EST first pitch.
Boone and the Yankees organization were aware ESPN could flex the game time if they wanted to feature the matchup on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball.
The issue is ESPN made the decision after a rain out road game against the Baltimore Orioles was rescheduled for July 9th as part of a double-header.
Boone is angry with MLB and ESPN's rescheduling, as the team will have to play a night game in Canada the day before a double-header on the road, forcing the Yankees to begin 3 games in less than 24 hours, with lots of travel packed in.
Boone has even called on the Players Association to help reschedule the game in Toronto back to its original 1:07 start time.
What would a potential boycott with ESPN look like? Would Boone and every member of the Yankees refuse to talk to any member of the ESPN media?
According to Marchand, it's something the team is considering.