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ESPN New York is going to sell the Yankees whether the Yankees want it or not

Nov 19, 2012, 5:39 PM EDT

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Quote from Yankees officials regarding of the sale of a stake in YES Network to News Corp in one ESPN New York column:

“This has nothing to do with selling the team,” the official said. “Under no circumstances will the team be sold.”

Said column all but dismisses the quote and speculates about the Yankees being sold. Then here’s a passage from another ESPN New York column, after quoting that flat denial that the Yankees are for sale:

There are people in the sports industry who think it is more of a matter of when, not if, the Steinbrenners will sell the Yankees … By bringing salaries below $189M by ’14, they also will be able to make the team more appealing to a potential buyer … As of now, there is no “For Sale” sign at 161st Street and River Ave., but there are signs. Stay tuned, this story is not going away.

Of course it’s not going to go away if the people who write these columns ignore the very statements denying their basis in reality.

  1. kevinbnyc - Nov 19, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    What would George do??

    • qcubed3 - Nov 19, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    • dcfan4life - Nov 19, 2012 at 8:45 PM

      He would get a writer or 2 fired.

    • humanexcrement - Nov 19, 2012 at 11:11 PM

      George Steinbrenner has all of a sudden turned into the Ronald Reagan of baseball. Everyone professes endless love for him and talks about him as a saint, but nobody seems to know why.

  2. uyf1950 - Nov 19, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    Andrew Marchand who authored the article in question is a jerk. His articles about the Yankees are insulting and so one sided as to defy what reporting is meant to be.

    • proudlycanadian - Nov 19, 2012 at 8:16 PM

      Isn’t he one of the ESPN reporters who stupidly claimed that the “man in white” was stealing signals for the Jays?

  3. uyf1950 - Nov 19, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    First off the Yankees only own about 33% of the YES Network anyway. They couldn’t stop someone from buying a controlling interest in the Network if they wanted to. Second, even if someone bought the Yes Network they would still have to pay the Yankees a ridiculous amount of money each year for the content/broadcast rights to games. So the Yankees/Steinbrenner’s are like pigs in slop even if News Corp. gets a controlling interest in YES,

  4. chadjones27 - Nov 19, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    Can we force Loria out of Miami? Which should put him in a perfect position to buy another team…

  5. damnyankee13 - Nov 19, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    I think we should sell ESPN, maybe we could get some knowledgeable articles.

  6. kappy32 - Nov 20, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    Eventually, probably within the next 5 years, the Yankees will be sold. I’m a Mets fan, but I follow the Yankees closely, probably out of jealousy. Steinbrenner’s sons don’t have the same passion & rigor for winning that their dad did. The sons seem to be more interested in making the Yankees a profit generating machine than a championship winning machine. That, to me, is an injustice to the name & memory of George Steinbrenner. Once his sons make their hundreds of millions on revenue for the next few years, they’ll have enough & sell. Joe Torre’s group anyone?

    • zackd2 - Nov 20, 2012 at 3:55 PM

      Yes, out of the two teams in NYC the Yankees are the ones doing the injustice……

  7. motorcitydiddy - Nov 20, 2012 at 1:24 AM

    As if being over the luxury tax is going to be some sort of factor in the appeal of buying the Yankees. Did anyone see what the Dodgers sold for?

  8. stoutfiles - Nov 20, 2012 at 8:29 AM

    As long as the new owner hires George Costanza, I’m okay with it. I know he did some time in prison but it was an unfair law he broke.

  9. dracko19 - Nov 20, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Craig, didn’t you just write an article telling us never to believe what a team says??? So, why are you calling out ESPN for not believing what the team says when you just told the planet to not believe what a team says??

    • Craig Calcaterra - Nov 20, 2012 at 9:30 AM

      I said never believe what a team says about its finances. Like, figures, most notably its losses.

  10. sophiethegreatdane - Nov 20, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Because teams never say one thing and do the other. Constantly.

  11. zackd2 - Nov 20, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Slow baseball news day in NY.
    ESPN writes about Yankees to stir some panic.
    ESPN websites gets traffic.

    Wash. Rinse. Repeat.

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