CBS Radio keeps Michael Kay out of Yankee Stadium

Michael Kay expresses displeasure in my column about CBS Radio refusing to allow him to originate his 1050 ESPN radio show from Yankee Stadium on game days.

CBS Radio, which owns WFAN, has radio rights to the Mets and Yankees and thus can bar other stations' shows from the building on game days.

"I thought it was very petty from the start," said Kay, entering his fifth season of double duty as 1050's afternoon host and YES' play-by-play man.

"They’ve always said we’re not a threat to them and they don’t worry about us. There is nothing I gain from doing the show in the stadium other than for me personally it’s easier.

"I think it’s wrong. I don’t think that’s the way business should be done. They’ve been petty and vindictive about it from the beginning . . . It's always bothered me for a company that says we’re not a threat, why woudn't they allow me to do the show?"

WFAN boss Mark Chernoff declined to comment.

Fair question: If ESPN had the Yankees rights, would it allow Mike Francesa to do his show from the stadium?

Comments (18)

It just seems to me that Michael Kay whines when he doesn't get his way. This is just another example.

It is just as vindictive as ESPN not allowing Bill Simmons on Francesa's show. He is used sparingly if at all on the ESPN shows but is barred from other radio shows.
And to say that he does not get anything by being in the stadium, when the baseball world revolves around the Yankees, which it tends to do, doesn't he think by being in the stadium gives his show cache that other shows cannot match.

This point from the article says it all, doesn't it: "ESPN bars its personalities from being guests on WFAN. Three industry sources said WFAN offered to lift the stadium ban if ESPN lifted its guest restriction. ESPN declined."

Kay should talk to ESPN about their own issues before complaining about WFAN.

For what it is worth, ESPN only institute their policy over the last few years. FAN has done that stuff basically since WEPN came into being.

Can we please get the blowhard, Michael Kay, off the air altogether? He takes away from the TV broadcasts. While we're at it, please get rid of John Sterling. His schtick has run its course. We need an impartial play-by-play person.

exactly ken.

exactly ken.

"Fair question: If ESPN had the Yankees rights, would it allow Mike Francesa to do his show from the stadium?"

Is this really a valid comparison? Mike F isn't the lead broadcaster for the Yankees and doesn't have any logistical problems that would necessitate him broadcasting from the stadium. Kay, on the other hand, obviously does. It almost seems as if they resent his having another gig....especially an outlet for which he can criticize the team. If Kay is a valued Yankee employee why wouldn't they at least go a little bit out of their way to accommodate his professional commitments? Professional courtesy I believe is the applicable term here. I understand they need to protect their interests but surely there must be a middle ground in this situation. This guy is your lead play by play guy for crying out loud.

Now you know why ESPN banned all there people from WFAN

Kay will stop his complaining and spin for his boy A-Rod on Monday. Nothing to see here.

How do they keep Kay on the air. He does not do plya by play. e takes awya from the boradcast with his obseccion iwht stats. ie Only 3 players have hit home runs with jock staps on since 1919. I usualy watch on Tv and lisnten on theraiod, just like when McCarver is making up ihs sotires about baseball, that never hapen.

How do they keep Kay on the air. He does not do play by play. He takes away from the boradcast with his obsession with stats. ie:Only 3 players have hit home runs with jock staps on since 1919. I usualy watch on Tv and lisen on the radio, just like when McCarver is making up his stories about baseball, that never hapened.

As I understand it, Kay is like Mel Allen - never married, no females in their lives, etc. You know what I mean? I always thought Kay was gay.

Kay is absolutely the worst baseball announcer in history---without his meaningless stats and asking the baseball guys questions, he would be lost. He's the original schlub. As for his being gay.....I don't think girls or guys would go near him.

Kay is absolutely the worst baseball announcer in history---without his meaningless stats and asking the baseball guys questions, he would be lost. He's the original schlub. As for his being gay.....I don't think girls or guys would go near him.

Where is kay? it seems that he is not broadcasting as much this year?

Love, Love, Love Michael Kay especially when he is with Paul O'neil, they aere great together. Also, don't care if he's gay, he is going to be my next husband!

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