Yankees fans, get ready. Amazon Prime Video will be streaming 21 New York Yankees games during the regular Major League Baseball 2020 season. However, the games are only available to Amazon Prime users in New York, Connecticut, northeast Pennsylvania, and north and central New Jersey.
Amazon is teaming up with YES Network, in which it holds a minority stake, to air the games on Prime Video. The games will be simulcast with other networks YES works with including CW-affiliated PIX11. Android, iOS mobile, and Fire TV users will also be able to access Amazon’s X-Ray technology. This will give these users live in-game stats, details on teams and players, as well as play-by-play information as the game is ongoing.
In mid-2019, Disney sold its stake in the YES network to an investor group, which includes Amazon, the Yankees, RedBird Capital, and the Sinclair Broadcast Group. The move to streaming Yankees games comes as the team saw a 17% drop in its TV ratings last year, despite their winning season. By streaming the games there are hopes to win over millennials that are rapidly moving away from traditional cable TV.
Amazon has shown interest in gaining sports media rights. Other sports events the company has streamed including the NFL’s “Thursday Night Football” games worldwide for the past three seasons on Prime video. Amazon also has deals for the UEFA Champions League tournament in Germany as well as Premier League soccer matches in the UK. However, this is the first time that Amazon will be streaming to such a limited market by streaming only to the states that make up the Yankees’ fan base.
You can catch the first Yankees game on Prime Video on Friday, April 17th when the New York Yankees play the Cincinnati Reds. The game starts at 7pm ET.