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Fox Sports buys YES Network, could re-brand as Fox Sports New York


The YES Network has officially become a part of the Fox Sports family as 21st Century FOX has announced it has purchased a majority stake in the sports network, thus making the company the majority owner of the entire network. The move doesn’t seem to be that big of a deal to sports fans, but there are some wondering if the iconic YES name will be changed now that a new owner has control of the network.

Variety was the first to report the purchase by 21st Century Fox.

While the purchase doesn’t effect the airing of Yankees or Nets games on the network, it could lead to a re-branding of the network as Fox Sports New York. 21st Century Fox currently owns stations in 22 sports regions of the country, all carrying the Fox Sports moniker or some variation of it.

This also means that YES is now a part of the same family of networks as Fox Sports 1, FX, Fox News and all the other networks that fly under the Fox flag. A re-branding of the network may happen, but at this moment it’s too early to tell whether or not this will happen.

Chances are that the YES Network will remain branded as such, only operate under the Fox flag while doing so. Still, if the name does change, it shouldn’t come as too big a surprise given the network is now under majority control of Fox and the Fox Sports brand.

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  • Jimmy DeMarco

    Is this going to have any negative impact on the Islanders games being part of the fold in 2015, when they move to Brooklyn?

    • artie999

      I don’t know. But I would think not, as there are precious few major league franchises. They ALL turn a significant profit for the network, especially opposed to other sports programing. AND, now they will be in Brooklyn.

    • http://coffeewithian.com coffeewithian

      Islanders will still be on MSG/MSG+ when they move to Barclays. They have a multi-decade deal.

      • Jimmy DeMarco

        Okay. I wasn’t sure if they were going to try and get out of their TV deal with them. Thanks.