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10 Years of YES: Network timeline

02/21/2012 5:35 PM ET
By YESNetwork.com staff

YES debuted "Dynasty," its new 3D-ready production truck,
in September 2010.
From YES' first game all the way up to 3D and everything in between. Track the evolution of the YES Network here.

2001

September 10
YankeeNets LLC announces formation of the Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network (YES), which will televise New York Yankees and New Jersey Nets games, as well as other sports programming. Leo Hindery Jr. is named chairman and CEO.

November 5
YES and WCBS-TV in New York reach multi-year agreement by which WCBS-TV will broadcast select Yankees games beginning in 2002. WCBS-TV continues televising games through the 2004 season.

December 27
YES and Infinity Broadcasting reach multi-year agreement by which WCBS-AM radio in New York will broadcast Yankees games starting in 2002. WCBS-AM continues broadcasting games through the 2004 season.

2002

January 10
YES announces that it will simulcast WFAN's top-rated afternoon radio show Mike and the Mad Dog (watch its debut). This will mark the first time a sports radio talk show is simulcast live on television. The first simulcast takes place on March 19, 2002, the day YES launches.

February 5
YES and DirectTV announce the network's first distribution agreement.

February 13
YES and the New Jersey Gladiators of the Arena Football League announce a programming agreement by which YES will televise seven 2002 Gladiators season home games.

February 19
YES Network and RCN Corporation announce the network's first cable distribution agreement.

February 26
YES announces that select games featuring the Staten Island Yankees, the New York Yankees' Single A minor league team, will be televised on YES starting with the 2002 season.

March 4
YES announces its charter advertisers: Continental Airlines, Coors Brewing Company, Tri-State Dodge Dealers, Sears, American Honda Motor Company and Corona Beer.

March 19
The YES Network launches. Fred Hickman, who joined YES from CNN, is the first talent to appear on the air (Watch). YES also televises its first-ever baseball game, the Yankees-Reds Spring Training game.

March 22
YES airs its first Yankeeography show, with Derek Jeter as the subject (Watch). The series, produced in conjunction with Major League Baseball Productions, goes on to win numerous Emmy Awards in subsequent years.

March 23
YES airs the first installment of its CenterStage interview series, with host Michael Kay interviewing Yankees manager Joe Torre (Watch).

March 25
YES signs a deal with MUTV, the official television channel for the Manchester United Football Club. The agreement calls for YES to televise 20 Man U matches a year, including its English FA Premier League matches. YES carries Man U matches through 2004.

April 1
The first regular season Yankees game is telecast on YES, Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles (Watch).

August 28
YES debuts This Week in Football (Watch), its weekly studio show focusing on the New York Giants, New York Jets and the NFL in general.

September
YES debuts New York Football Sunday, its live post-game show airing immediately following every Giants and Jets game. New York Football Sunday airs through the 2004 season.

October 12
YES televises its first Ivy League football game, Cornell at Harvard.

October 30
YES televises its first regular season New Jersey Nets game (vs. Atlanta). YES continues to televise Nets' pre-season, regular season and post-season games.

2003

January 11
YES televises its first Ivy League basketball game, a Dartmouth at Harvard women's contest.

January 25
YES televises its first men's Ivy League basketball game, Cornell at Columbia.

February 8
YES televises the St. Vincent's-St. Mary's (Ohio) vs. Westchester (California) high school basketball game at the PrimeTime Shootout featuring prodigy LeBron James of St. Vincent's -St. Mary's.

March 30
YES wins three New York Emmy Awards; the network compiles a total of 11 Emmy nominations in 2003, despite being on the air for a little more than nine months.

March 31
Cablevision becomes the last major cable operator to air the YES Network, when it launches YES in time for that evening's telecast of the Yankees' season opener in Toronto.

December
YES Network finishes the year as the most-watched regional sports network in the country for 2003.

2004

February 7
YES televises the high school basketball game pitting the Sebastian Telfair-led Lincoln High School (Brooklyn) vs. Dwight Howard and Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy at the PrimeTime Shootout.

February 29
The Nets-Lakers telecast generates a 1.9 overall household rating, the top-rated Nets telecast ever on YES.

March 28
YES wins four New York Emmy Awards; the network compiles a total of 19 nominations for 2004.

March 30 & 31
YES produces and televises two Tampa Bay vs. Yankees regular season games from Japan.

May 16
YES premieres the Emmy Award-winning Kids on Deck children's series (now called Yankees on Deck).

July 1
YES produces its first high-definition event telecast, the Yankees-Boston game which, coincidentally, features Derek Jeter's now-legendary full-speed, head-first leap into the third base stands at Yankee Stadium to catch a foul ball.

August 6
The Giants Training Camp Report debuts, the first fruits of the YES-New York Giants programming partnership which also bears the Giants on Deck and Giants Online series. YES airs these Giants-themed shows through 2006.

September 9
Giants Online, a roundtable discussion on the New York Giants and the NFL featuring Giants beat writers, debuts on YES (Watch).

September
Tracy Dolgin is named president and CEO. Previously, Dolgin had been president of FOX Sports Net, executive vice president, marketing, at FOX Sports, and executive vice president, marketing, at the FOX Broadcasting Company.

September
YES Magazine airs a segment on the Iraqi National Tennis Team by co-host Peter Ward. Ward visited Iraq earlier in the year to gather information and tape material for the segment. Ward is the first American journalist to interview the Iraqi National Team as its prepares for its first Davis Cup competition.

October 16
The youth-oriented Giants on Deck show premieres on YES, patterned after Kids on Deck.

December
YES Network finishes 2004 as the most-watched regional sports network in the country for the second year in a row.

December
YES and FOX reach an agreement by which the My9 broadcast station in New York will televise approximately 20 YES-produced Yankees games per season beginning in 2005, complementing YES' schedule of Yankees telecasts.

2005

YES Magazine co-host Leslie Boghosian accompanies the UN/NFL envoy to Southeast Asia for tsunami relief, following the tsunami which occurred in December 2004. Boghosian later reports on the relief efforts on YES Magazine.

February
Sportscasting legend Marv Albert is named YES' New Jersey Nets play-by-play announcer.

February
The YES Network signs long-term distribution renewal agreements with Comcast and DirecTV.

March
The YES Network signs long-term distribution renewal agreement with Time Warner Cable.

April 3
YES wins six New York Emmy Awards; the network compiles a total of 28 nominations for 2005.

April 3
YES' telecast of the Yankees-Boston season opener generates an 11.6 household rating, the highest-rated YES program ever and the highest-rated Yankees season opener on either broadcast or cable since at least 1995. It is also the highest-rated regular season sports telecast ever on a New York regional sports network.

April 3
YES debuts "Content Breaks," its innovative 90-second commercial spots, within that day's Yankees-Red Sox telecast. The first "Content Break" promotes Fox' Animation Domination block of programming.

April 4
YES premieres Ultimate Road Trip (Watch), the reality series based on product immersion.

June 13
An episode of YES Magazine features an interview by YES' Peter Ward with First Lady Laura Bush in the White House.

October 5
YES announces that former NBA star and New York basketball legend Mark Jackson will join Marv Albert as analyst on YES' New Jersey Nets telecasts.

October 27
YES premieres Yogi and a Movie, an original series featuring Hall of Famer Yogi Berra and YES' Bob Lorenz introducing and discussing various sports films. Berra also relates tales from his illustrious career as a Yankees player, coach and manager.

November 15
YES premieres The Marv Albert Show, a show hosted by legendary sportscaster Albert in which he interviews top NBA players.

December
Results of the YES-commissioned Nielsen out-of-home study show that YES would enjoy a ratings increase of as much as 15% in certain key demographics in New York if out-of-home viewers were factored into YES' Nielsen ratings.

December
YES closes out 2005 as the most-watched regional sports network in the country for the third consecutive year.

2006

February 1
The Nets-Cavaliers telecast draws a 1.8 overall household rating, the 2nd-highest-rated Nets telecast ever on YES.

March 12
YES wins eight New York Emmy Awards. YES compiles 20 total nominations in 2006.

April 3
YES premieres Yankees Batting Practice Today.

June 13
Verizon and YES sign a multi-year distribution agreement, resulting in YES' launch on Verizon's FiOS TV service. This is YES' first carriage deal with a telephone company.

June 13
YESNetwork.com is re-launched, produced in conjunction with Major League Baseball Advanced Media. In the process, YESNetwork.com becomes one of the few sites on the Web to offer Yankees video highlights.

July 25
YES Interactive only on DirecTV launches as the only interactive content for Major League Baseball telecasts.

September
During a stretch extending from April to September 2006, YES' primetime telecasts of Yankees games win the night in New York 31 out of 60 nights.

December
YES concludes 2006 as the most-watched regional sports network in the nation for the fourth straight year.

2007

January 3
YES and AT&T announce a multi-year distribution agreement, putting the YES Network on AT&T's U-Verse TV service.

January 26
YES launches its partnership with Google Video by which fans searching on Google Video for highlights of proprietary YES programming can find them within a YouTube channel dedicated specifically to YES Network. YES is the first regional sports network to have such an arrangement with Google.

February 8
YES receives 26 New York Emmy nominations. For the third straight year, YES receives more nominations than the other New York regional sports networks combined.

February 8
In partnership with the technology company 4Info, YES Network launches its first real-time wireless news and scores alert service. Fans now have mobile access to Yankees and Nets score updates, player and team statistics, YESNetwork.com original content such as breaking news and other updates, and programming reminders.

February 27
YES launches a Toyota-sponsored feature within its Nets telecasts by which viewers can text their "Player of the Game" vote toward the end of the game.

April 1
YES launches its standalone, 24/7 high-definition channel, which is carried by all of its major affiliates.

April 1
YES captures five Emmy Awards, more than any other New York regional sports network for the third straight year.

April 2
YES launches Post Game Plus exclusively for YESNetwork.com users featuring game highlights, analysis from YES commentators and interviews with the Yankees and opposing teams. An edited version of Post Game Plus is distributed on Yahoo! Sports and on YouTube's YES Network channel.

April 2
The YES Network becomes the only television network - cable or broadcast, regional or national - to use Sony's HD 3x slo-mo camera, which enables Yankees' fans watching YES in HD to analyze close plays and experience Yankees telecasts like never before.

April 11
YESNetwork.com begins streaming video clips from each day's Mike and the Mad Dog simulcast on YES.

May 18
YES' telecast of the Yankees-Mets game generates a 6.2 TV household rating (454,000 TV households), the highest-rated and most-watched regular season Subway Series game on any New York regional sports network since inter-league play commenced in 1997.

June 14
Yahoo's Major League Baseball channel launches YES content including clips from CenterStage, Ultimate Road Trip, the Marv Albert Show, This Week in Football and Yankees on Deck, along with analyst commentary and Yankees and Nets player interviews. The YES Network is the only regional sports network offering content in this environment.

June 14
YES wins four Promax & BDA Awards including a gold medal in the "Promotional Animation Campaign" category, for its YES' Ultimate Road Trip series teases. Promax & BDA is the media industry's leading association of promotions, marketing and design professionals.

July 23
YES' "Winback" campaign deployed in conjunction with Comcast Connecticut wins a Gold Mark Award in the Collaborative and Partnership Marketing category. It is YES' first Mark Award, which is given by CTAM to recognize outstanding achievement and excellence in marketing from networks, cable companies and suppliers.

July
YES unveils its new HD studios as part of its re-built 30,000-square foot production facility in Stamford, Conn. The facility includes a 2,500-square foot HD control room, enhanced HD editing and playback equipment, new HD cameras and more. YES now produces all studio-based programming in HD, including Yankees and Nets pre-game shows in HD, Yankees Batting Practice Today, This Week in Football, Yankees Hot Stove and select Mike and the Mad Dog simulcasts.

August 6
The premiere of the Yankees Classics telecast featuring the 1979 Orioles-Yankees game played on the day the Yankees returned from Thurman Munson's funeral in Ohio was watched by 81,000 TV households (a 1.09 TV household rating), making it the most-watched and highest-rated Yankees Classics telecast ever on YES.

October
YES averaged a 4.69 TV household rating for its 2007 Yankees games, a 9.6% year-over-year ratings increase from 2006 and the highest-rated season ever for the Yankees on cable television in New York, dating back to 1979. Primetime Yankees games on YES were the #1 program in the New York DMA 42 out of 50 game nights from June 1 through the end of the 2007 season, the best performance by Yankees games on YES since its 2002 launch.

December
YES finishes 2007 as the most-watched regional sports network in the country for the fifth straight year.

2008

February 6
The YES Network announced that David Cone, the former Cy Young Award winner and perfect game author who earned four World Series championship rings with the New York Yankees, will be a Yankees analyst and will also host the network's Emmy Award-winning Yankees on Deck series.

February 7
The YES Network corrals 25 New York Emmy nominations, giving it a total of 129 since its 2002 launch. The network picks up seven nominations alone for its Yankeeography series.

March 17
YES' Red Sox-Yankees Spring Training telecast attracts 118,000 total viewers, making it the most-watched daytime spring training game ever on the network.

March
YES averages a 1.1 household rating for its slate of Yankees Spring Training telecasts, a 22% year-over-year increase, and the highest average Spring Training rating since 2005. YES televises all home Spring Training games in high-definition, the only regional sports network to do so.

March 31
YES debuts its new set at its production facilities in conjunction with the network's Yankees season opener that day. The set utilizes the latest technology while paying homage to the Yankees' tradition and heritage.

April 6
YES picks up seven Emmy Awards, giving the network 33 Emmys since its 2002 inception.

April 11
YES premieres its first YESterdays special; YESterdays is an interview show which takes an intimate glimpse at today's sports headliners, as well as the people, places and events which have influenced them on their road to success. The April 11 premiere features Yankees pitching sensation Joba Chamberlain. A subsequent YESterdays special features Alex Rodriguez.

April 13
YES premieres The Joe Girardi Show, a weekly in-season half-hour show in which new Yankees skipper Joe Girardi reviews past performances and takes a look at the week ahead for the Yankees.

May 6
The YES Network's "Yankees in HD" integrated marketing campaign wins first place in the 2008 CableFAXIES Marketing and PR Awards competition, which recognize the finest marketing and public relations campaigns and efforts in cable. YES is the only regional network, and only regional sports network, to capture an award in this competition.

May 21
YES premieres SportsLife NYC, a monthly half-hour magazine series. Co-hosted by Emmy Award winner Michelle Beadle and Emmy Award nominee Peter Ward, SportsLife NYC focuses on the personalities, unique events, trends, styles and new technology related to the world of sports in and around New York.

June 19
YES wins four Promax & BDA Awards, including a gold medal in the "Sports Programming" category for its 2007 Yankees promotional spot, deeming it the best sports promotional spot in the country. This spot also won an Emmy Award earlier in the year. Promax & BDA is the media industry's leading association of promotions, marketing and design professionals.

June 27
YES' Friday evening Subway Series telecast is the second-highest-rated regular season Subway Series game ever on a New York regional sports network (5.7 average TV household rating, 533,000 total viewers), and the YES telecast even beats the Mets' mirror CW11 telecast (5.2 rating, 494,000 total viewers) during the same time period, the first time that a regional sports network telecast in New York has out-rated an over-the-air broadcast of the same game head-to-head.

July 22
YES premieres the first Forbes SportsMoney report, a twice-weekly report within Yankees pre-game shows, featuring Forbes national editor Michael Ozanian and YES' Bob Lorenz addressing the latest sports business news and trends. This YES-Forbes partnership is expanded in November to include a monthly 30-minute show.

September 18
YES and WWOR-TV sign a three-year contract extension that will keep My9 as the exclusive broadcast home of the New York Yankees through the end of the 2011 MLB season.

September 21
YES' special pre-game show in advance of that evening's Yankee Stadium finale is the highest-rated and most-watched Yankees pre-game show ever on YES. It is seen by nearly 1 million viewers (986,000 total viewers) between 8:15-8:30 pm, with the entire show (6:00-8:30 pm) averaging more than a half-million viewers (558,000 total viewers) and generating a 5.27 TV household rating in the New York DMA. YES is the most-watched network in New York from 7:30-8:30 p.m. and, during the 8:00-8:30 p.m. half-hour, more people watched YES than both NBC's NFL coverage and ABC's Primetime Emmy Awards head-to-head.

October 13
YES signs highly respected NBA analyst and former NBA coach Mike Fratello as its lead New Jersey Nets analyst, teaming him with Marv Albert, with whom he also works on TNT's national NBA telecasts.

October 29
YES' CenterStage one-on-one series, hosted by Michael Kay, is named the "Best Regional Program" (sports or otherwise) in the CableFAX Program Awards competition. The CableFAX competition recognizes the best in cable programming.

December
YES finishes 2008 as the most-watched regional sports network in the country for the sixth straight year.

2009

February 12
YES earns 31 New York Emmy nominations, bringing its seven-year total to 160. Yankeeography earns eight nominations, bringing its seven-year total to 42 Emmy nominations.

February 23
The Nets defeat the Sixers on a last-second, half-court shot by Devin Harris. NBA referees refer to YES' replays to determine if Harris' shot went in before the final buzzer. This marks the first time that instant replay is used to overturn a call at the buzzer to decide the outcome of an NBA game.

March 2
YES and WFAN, the nation's most-listened-to sports radio station, announce a multi-year agreement by which YES will simulcast live The NFL Now, WFAN's weekly in-season Sunday morning NFL show hosted by Mike Francesa, while continuing to simulcast WFAN's Mike'D Up: Francesa on the FAN weekday afternoons live.

March
YESNetwork.com re-launches with more robust video, analyst contributions, a series of text and video blogs, and interactive elements.

March 29
YES captures 13 New York Emmy Awards, the most of any broadcast or cable entity - sports or otherwise - in New York. The 13 Emmys are also the most YES has ever won in a single year. YES now owns 46 Emmy Awards in just seven years of eligibility.

April
Verizon's FiOS TV service begins offering the YES Network's national feed - which excludes Yankees and Nets game telecasts -- to its subscribers nationwide. YES is the first regional sports network in the country to be distributed nationally by Verizon. Also, in April, Bright House begins distributing YES in Tampa, Orlando and throughout central Florida, marking the first time a cable operator distributes a regional sports network beyond the RSN's traditional home-team footprint.

April
Verizon's FiOS TV service begins offering YES Network programming - including YES' Yankees telecasts - on its video-on-demand platform throughout New York State and in north and central New Jersey. Verizon becomes the first distributor to offer Yankees games and other YES programming on demand.

June 24
YES, Major League Baseball and Cablevision announce a landmark multi-year agreement by which eligible Cablevision customers within YES' traditional distribution territory will have the opportunity to purchase a package of YES' New York Yankees game telecasts for live in-market online viewing. This agreement makes Yankees on YES live game streaming over broadband the only live streaming product in professional sports to include games with local television rights. The product launches July 8, 2009.

August 1
Time Warner Cable launches the YES Network's national feed on its systems throughout North and South Carolina.

August 7
YES' Red Sox-Yankees telecast is the second-most-watched program ever on YES, attracting an average of 984,000 total viewers in New York, good for a 9.6 average TV household rating. During the 11:45 pm-12:00 am quarter-hour of the Friday night telecast, 26% of TV homes in the New York DMA were tuned to the Red Sox-Yankees on YES. This is the highest quarter-hour share ever achieved by the YES Network. The 984,000 average total viewers is second only to the 1.2 million total viewers averaged for YES' April 3, 2005 Yankees-Red Sox telecast (which translated into an 11.6 average TV household rating).

August 13
In its second multi-year in-market streaming deal of the summer, YES announces with Verizon that eligible Verizon TV and broadband customers within YES' traditional distribution territory will have an opportunity to purchase a package of YES' Yankees telecasts for live in-market online viewing. The product launches the next night.

September 2
YES and Notre Dame announce a multi-year agreement by which YES will air encore presentations of all home Notre Dame football games televised by NBC Sports, and will also air the weekly Notre Dame football coach's show.

September 13
YES Network premieres Football Sunday with Mike Francesa, its live simulcast of WFAN's Sunday morning NFL show hosted by pre-eminent sports talk host Mike Francesa

September 16
For the second straight year, a YES program is honored at the CableFAX Program Awards. The network's multi-Emmy Award-winning Yankeeography series wins in the "Best Show or Series/Sports" category, honored as the best sports program in all of cable.

October
YES' 4.62 average TV household rating for its 2009 Yankees telecasts not only is a 9.5% year-over-year increase, but it is the second-highest Yankees season rating ever on cable in New York, falling behind only YES' 4.69 rating from the 2007 season. YES' primetime Yankees telecasts rank #1 in the New York DMA on 42 of 45 straight game nights in demos such as Men 18+, Men 18-49, Men 25-54, Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54.

October
YESNetwork.com launches its first comprehensive, strategic foray into social media/user-generated content. Fans can create their own profile pages and can become "friends" with other like-minded fans; they can upload their own photos and videos; they can create their own blogs to complement official YES/ YESNetwork.com blogs such as Kimberly Jones, Bob Lorenz and Chris Shearn; and they can create and join groups based on geography or specific Yankees interests.

December
YES finishes 2009 as the most-watched regional sports network in the country for the seventh straight year.

2010

February
YES Network is named the ninth-most valuable sports business brand in the world by Forbes.

February
YES earns 29 New York Emmy nominations, bringing its eight-year total to 189.

March 30
YES, Major League Baseball Advanced Media and Time Warner Cable announce that Time Warner Cable subscribers who receive the YES Network in the Yankees' home broadcasting territory will be able to purchase a package of YES' New York Yankees game telecasts for live in-market online viewing. Starting with YES' Sunday, April 4 season-opening Yankees-Red Sox telecast, Time Warner Cable joins Cablevision and Verizon's FiOS service in the distribution of YES telecasts for viewing live on broadband. The package is now available to more than six million eligible subscribers of Cablevision, Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS.

April 4
YES debuts its new Yankees graphics package within its season-opening Yankees-Red Sox telecast; the package features an extrusion element that will give graphics elements a 3D-like effect. The package also includes a constant "pitch count" element, the only baseball telecast, national or regional, to do so.

April 4
YES' Yankees-Red Sox season-opening telecast generated a 10.01 average TV household rating (1,085,000 average total viewers), the second-highest rated and second-most watched regular season live sporting event ever on a New York regional sports network.

April
YES introduces Yankees Extra Innings, the only interactive post-game show in baseball, which gives fans a chance to interact with YES' on-air talent via email, Facebook and Twitter while also helping direct the flow of the show. Yankees Extra Innings currently airs after every Yankees game telecast not produced by YES (games televised by ESPN and Fox Sports).

June
YES begins using Fletcher Sports' super slo-mo HD camera, dubbed YES-MO, on a regular basis. YES-MO is capable of showing slow-motion replays of up to 1,000 frames per second, roughly 11 times of some other slow-motion systems. YES is the only regional sports network to deploy this camera on a regular basis.

June
YES launches its national feed on RCN, Metrocast and Mediacom systems outside of the network's home team "footprint."

June 24
YES wins three Gold and three Silver Promax/BDA Awards last night during a ceremony in conjunction with the 2010 Promax/BDA Show in Los Angeles. Promax/BDA is the media industry's leading association of promotions, marketing, and design professionals. This marks the most Gold Awards and the most total Awards that YES has won in any one Promax/BDA Awards competition. YES has won a total of 21 Promax/BDA Awards since first being eligible for the competition in 2003.

July 10 & 11
YES and DirecTV jointly produce the first 3D telecasts of Major League Baseball games --Yankees-Mariners from Safeco Field in Seattle. Other YES affiliates besides DirecTV to carry these two historic telecasts are Blue Ridge Communications, Cablevision, Comcast, Cox Service Electric Broadband Cable, Time Warner Cable and Verizon.

July 17
YES' two-hour Yankees Old-Timers' Day Special from 2-4 pm is highest-rated and most-viewed Yankees Old-Timers' Day Special ever on YES. Saturday's special draws a 3.28 average TV HH rating (318,000 average viewers), surpassing the previous highest-rated/most-viewed Yankees Old-Timers' Day Special on YES, on July 10, 2004 (2.91 average TV HH rating/315,000 average viewers).

September 6
YES debuts "Dynasty," its new 3D-ready production truck built in conjunction with Game Creek Video which is the most advanced, most powerful production truck in the world.

October 4
YES' CenterStage wins a CableFAX Program Award in the "Best Show or Series: Talk Show" category, beating out numerous national and regional cable shows in the process.

October
YES commences televising the Arsenal Football Club's English Premier League, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League games in HD on tape delay. YES also begins televising Arsenal World and Arsenal 360 magazine shows and selected classic Arsenal games.

December
YES finishes 2010 as the most-watched regional sports network in the country for the eighth straight year.

2011

February 17
YES earns 46 New York Emmy nominations, its most ever, bringing its nine-year-year total to 235.

March 4 & 5
The YES Network televises two Nets vs. Raptors regular season NBA games from London. It marks the first time a regional sports network televises a regular season NBA game outside of North America.

April
YES receives three CableFAX Daily "Best of the Web" Awards honoring the best digital efforts within the cable industry. YESNetwork.com wins in the "Best Website: Regional/Local Programmer" category, Michael Spirito was named to CableFAX Daily's "Digital Hot List" for the third straight year, and Kevin Sullivan was named the top Web Content Director.

September 1
This evening's Yankees-Red Sox telecast is the highest-rated (7.70) and most-viewed (733,000 average total viewers) YES telecast in nearly two seasons. The telecast peaked with a 9.28 rating (914,000 average total viewers) from 11:00-11:15 pm ET. Since June 4, 2011, Yankees Primetime games on YES have ranked #1 in the New York DMA 33 of 36 game nights in various key demos when Nielsen ratings were published.

September 21
The Rays-Yankees telecast (7.01 average TV HH rating) is YES' highest-rated Yankees telecast not involving the Red Sox in almost four seasons. YES' April 1, 2008 Blue Jays-Yankees telecast did a 7.40 average TV HH rating.

October
YES Network is named among the 10 most valuable sports business brands in the world by Forbes for the second straight year.

October
Michael Kay is named "Best Talk Show Host" for his CenterStage hosting duties as part of the "CableFAX Program Awards" competition, which recognizes the finest in cable programming across the country. Kay beats out a number of regional and national entrants for the win. Kay was a finalist in last year's competition.

October-November
Yankees reporter Jack Curry accompanies Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson and other members of an MLB All-Star team to Taiwan for a series of games against the Taipei National Team. The bulk of Curry's reporting forms the basis of two Yankees Access specials (one each on Cano and Granderson) which provide exclusive, behind-the-scenes, off-the-field access to the Yankees stars.

December
YES finishes the year as the most-watched regional sports network in the country for the ninth straight year.

2012

February 16
YES earns 31 New York Emmy nominations, bringing its 10-year total to 266.
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