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Yankees-Red Sox not on TV? Why Aaron Judge’s pursuit of history won’t have a traditional broadcast on Friday

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The Yankees head into the weekend with a comfortable lead in the AL East. Their division magic number is in single digits, and they just secured a playoff spot on Thursday night. Most importantly, at this point for the general interest of the fans, would be a superstar outfielder Aaron Judge on the brink of home run history. On Friday, the Yankees continued a series against their biggest rival, the Boston Red Sox. But fans won’t be able to find it on a traditional television broadcast.

Friday’s game will air on Apple TV+ and will not air anywhere else. No, the national TV channels don’t have it. MLB Neither does network. Even YES Network — the Yankees’ local channel — won’t broadcast it live. MLB.tv subscribers cannot stream the game with their subscription. Fans do not need to subscribe or pay (more info here), but the only way they can watch the full game is through Apple TV+. (The league has offered live look-ins on MLB.com at Judge’s at bats earlier in the week.)

This has been the case with certain Friday night games all season, as most baseball fans have surely noted. However, given the circumstances surrounding Judge’s push-up to 60 home runs, there’s a lot more focus on the exclusive broadcast right now. The Yankees even tried to make a “trade” to continue the game on YES, according to the New York Postwho also reports that such a deal is unlikely.

On Thursday, YES reported that Wednesday’s game against the Pirates was the most-watched non-Subway Series (vs. the Mets) game on the network in four years.

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The MLB-Apple deal was announced in the spring, shortly after the end of the owner-imposed lockout of MLB. The deal is worth $85 million over seven years for MLB, according to Forbes.

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