In the NFL
Taylor Bertolet kicked two field goals for the game’s only scores, but missed three other attempts in his bid to make New York’s roster as the Jets topped the Philadelphia Eagles 6-0 in a snoozer of a preseason finale. The kicking job still appears up for grabs for the Jets after a shaky summer from Bertolet. Rookie Clayton Thorson played the entire game for the Eagles. He was 12 of 26 for 84 yards and an interception.
- The Colts wrapped up an unsettling preseason, moving on from Andrew Luck with a 13-6 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in a game missing starters and fans. Luck retired a week earlier after a 27-17 loss to Chicago, frustrated by his inability to get healthy.
- Suspended Browns running back Kareem Hunt has undergone surgery for a sports hernia. Hunt, who will serve an eight-game NFL suspension for two off-field physical altercations while he played for Kansas City, had the operation Thursday – hours before the Browns played Detroit in their exhibition finale. Hunt had been expected to play in what would have been his last game until his ban ends in November. The 24-year-old was sidelined early in training camp with a groin injury.
Yankees buy back YES Network
The New York Yankees have reacquired the YES Network, joining Amazon and the Sinclair Broadcast Group to buy an 80% stake in the channel from The Walt Disney Co.
The deal announced Thursday values YES at $3.47 billion, nearly $500 million less than when 21st Century Fox acquired a majority stake in 2014. Disney was required to sell off Fox’s regional sports networks as part of its $71 billion deal to acquire Fox’s entertainment assets, which triggered Yankee Global Enterprises’ right-of-first-refusal to buy back YES Network shares. That deal closed in March.
Sinclair said it would buy 21 of the regional sports networks in May, but the 80% stake in YES was sold separately. Yankee Global Enterprises already held a 20% stake in YES. The Associated Press reported the preliminary YES Network deal in March.
Yankees Global Enterprises will hold a 26% share in YES, with Sinclair owning 20%, Amazon getting 15% with the right to purchase more, and the rest split among the deal’s other investors – RedBird Capital, The Blackstone Group and Mubadala Capital.
Asked how the deal might affect the digital streaming rights to Yankees games within the team’s market, club president Randy Levine said he expected Major League Baseball to announce changes to its policy soon. Teams cannot currently sell digital rights to local broadcasts.
“I think you should just stay tuned because I think the commissioner will be speaking about that in the near future,” Levine said.