Having trouble getting the Yankee game on? Here are four reasons you can’t watch the Yankees on YES Network for the 2023 season.
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It’s baseball season, and you’re a New York Yankees fan. You know the Yankees are playing, so you cracked a beer, sat down on the couch, and turned on the YES Network, but the Yankees aren’t on! Don’t worry friend, the editorial team at Streaming Stadium has your back. There are 4 major reasons the Yankees won’t be appear on the YES Network even though they have a game scheduled, read on.
The first reason you may not be able to watch the Yankees on the YES Network is Amazon “ate” the game. Let me explain.
#1. Amazon has the game
The Yankees are one of a handful of teams that own a controlling interest in the regional sports network (RSN) that broadcasts most of their regular season games. The Yankees regular season is carried predominantly by the Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network, or the YES Network for short. The Yankees own 26% of the YES Network, which is the largest share. Other partners include Sinclair Broadcasting, the media conglomerate that owns the Bally Sports RNS, and Amazon. Yes, Amazon is a part owner of the YES Network, and as odd as this sounds, Amazon’s stake in the YES Network is a big part of the reason that you can’t watch the Yankees on the YES Network and found this page after conducting a Google search. For the 2022 season, 21 Yankees games that would have been on the YES Network will now be on Amazon Prime. The broadcast team is all the same as on the YES Network, just Amazon worked a deal to show the game only on Prime.
The following 2023 Yankees games will be broadcast exclusively on Amazon Prime. One important point to note: Amazon is effectively taking over for the YES Network’s regional coverage in the Tri-State area, so only in-market Yankees fans will be able to stream the games. This means that the RSNs for the opposing teams will still keep their normal coverage and avoid blackouts.
How to watch the Yankees Amazon Prime games in 2023
As was the case last season, the Yankees will play a series of exclusive games on Amazon Prime in 2023. If you live in the YES Network viewing territory, these games can only be viewed on Amazon Prime. Amazon games caused outrage among Yankee fans last season and we don’t expect a warmer reception this season. All start times listed below are EST.
Tuesday, April 4 vs. Philadelphia Phillies – 7:00pm
Wednesday, April 19 vs. Los Angeles Angels – 7:00pm
Wednesday, May 3 vs. Cleveland Guardians – 7:00pm
Wednesday, May 17 vs. Toronto Blue Jays – 7:00pm
Wednesday, May 24 vs. Baltimore Orioles – 7:00pm
Wednesday, June 21 vs. Seattle Mariners – 7:00pm
Friday, June 30 vs. St. Louis Cardinals – 8:00pm
Wednesday, July 5 vs. Baltimore Orioles – 7:00pm
Saturday, July 8 vs. Chicago Cubs – 1:00pm
Wednesday, July 19 vs. Los Angeles Angels – 7:00pm
Wednesday, August 2 vs. Tampa Bay Rays – 7:00pm
Friday, August 4 vs. Houston Astros – 7:00pm
Wednesday, August 16 vs. Atlanta Braves – 7:00pm
Friday, August 18 vs. Boston Red Sox – 7:00pm
Sunday, August 20 vs. Boston Red Sox – 1:30pm
Friday, September 1 vs. Houston Astros – 8:00pm
Monday, September 11 vs. Boston Red Sox – 7:00pm
Wednesday, September 13 vs. Boston Red Sox – 7:00pm
Wednesday, September 20 vs. Toronto Blue Jays – 7:00pm
Wednesday, September 27 vs. Toronto Blue Jays – 7:00pm
#2. Apple TV+, Peacock, or YouTube has the game
In 2023, these platforms will show exclusive live streams:
- YouTube – 15 free games
- Peacock – 18 Sunday Morning games
- Apple TV+ – Friday Night doubleheaders
- Amazon Prime – 21 in-market Yankees games
Each of these games will cause YES Network blackouts.
The problem for MLB fans is that competition in the world of streaming is causing media giants to bid on the rights to broadcast exclusive games, and the trend goes well beyond Amazon. For example, Apple TV+ bought the rights to live stream a Friday doubleheader throughout the regular season called Friday Night Baseball. Similarly, NBC Universal’s streaming wing, Peacock, now has the rights to 18 regular season games to be shown only on Peacock on Sunday mornings. YouTube even got in on the action with 15 exclusive free games in the 2022 season.
Yankees 2023 Friday Night Baseball Schedule
The Yankees will appear on the Apple TV+ Friday Night Baseball broadcast twice in 2022. These games will be blacked out on the YES Network.
- Friday, April 29th Royals vs. Yankees
- Friday, June 3 Yankees vs. Tigers
Yankees 2023 Sunday Morning Baseball Schedule
- Sunday, June 5 Tigers at Yankees
Yankees 2023 MLB Game of the Week on YouTube Schedule
There are currently no Yankees games scheduled on YouTube’s MLB broadcast for the first half of the season.
#3. The Yankees are featured on an exclusive national broadcast
The Yankees are a national brand. Because the pinstripes are such a big draw, they are regularly featured on national broadcasts. Some of these broadcasts, like ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, and many playoff games, are exclusives, meaning major media players paid for the rights to have the game all to themselves on their network. In these cases, the YES Network will be blacked out. For a complete rundown on how to watch the Yankees on national broadcasts, see the guide below.
#4. You live out-of-market
If you don’t live within the YES Network viewing territory, you can’t watch the Yankees on the YES Network. Instead, you have to sign up for MLB.TV as an out-of-market fan in order to get access to non-nationally televised Yankee games. In the image embedded below, we show an easy-to-use map of the YES Network viewing territory.
Trying to live stream the YES Network?
Are you trying to find the YES Network in a live stream? DirecTV Stream’s “Choice” plan is the only option.