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Saturday, September 29, 2012

CT Post: John Filippelli helps build YES into TV powerhouse

Filippelli has more L’s than all the Yankee Classics combined!

A decade after those humble beginnings and under Filippelli’s leadership, YES has collected 60 New York Emmy Awards and is the most-watched regional sports network in the United States, a distinction it has held for nine years.

Responsible for all aspects of the network’s on-air content, Filippelli, known as “Flip,” is one of the faces of YES, even though he doesn’t appear in front of the camera.

...YES has become the modern tool that captures iconic moments and weaves them into the long, pinstriped fabric of Yankees history. It has broadcast Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter’s 3,000th career hit, closer Mariano Rivera’s 600th save and the famous catch Jeter made by diving into the stands to retrieve a foul ball against the Red Sox.

“Seeing Jeter and Mo be our defining moments here at YES was special,” said Filippelli, who has garnered 56 Emmy Awards during his 37-year career. “Those were some of our favorite moments and I think they were the fans’ as well.”

...“Yankeeography” was a concept that quickly came to Filippelli’s mind while he was jotting down ideas in his yellow pad back in 2001.

“I remember saying, let’s do a biography of players, and call it `Yankeeography,’ ” said Filippelli, who was promoted to president of production and programming in 2004. “We came up with ideas like `Yankee Classic’ and putting batting practice on the air.”

Repoz Posted: September 29, 2012 at 11:41 PM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: history, media, yankees

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   1. boteman digs the circuit clout Posted: September 30, 2012 at 12:15 AM (#4249128)
Let's not forget about the channel you jeer for, Home Team Sports!
   2. Walt Davis Posted: September 30, 2012 at 12:17 AM (#4249130)
Hold on, let me see if I understand. The regional sports network in the most populous metropolitan region has the most viewers? What next, cats marrying dogs?
   3. Gamingboy Posted: September 30, 2012 at 07:37 AM (#4249185)
Hold on, let me see if I understand. The regional sports network in the most populous metropolitan region has the most viewers? What next, cats marrying dogs?

MASS HYSTERIA!





Also I think I read somewhere that only twice has "Yankee Classics" been a Yankees loss: Jeter passing Gehrig in hits (where they apparently ended the broadcast of the game with the hit) and the 1977 All-Star Game (which the AL, and by extension Yankees, lost).
   4. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: September 30, 2012 at 08:26 AM (#4249189)
Also I think I read somewhere that only twice has "Yankee Classics" been a Yankees loss: Jeter passing Gehrig in hits (where they apparently ended the broadcast of the game with the hit) and the 1977 All-Star Game (which the AL, and by extension Yankees, lost).

Just out of curiosity, how many World Series game sevens has NESN ever shown? What about replays of the Dent, Boone, or Andino games?
   5. Karl from NY Posted: September 30, 2012 at 09:15 AM (#4249196)
My friend says Yankee Classics has also shown the Pine Tar Game at least once, which was a Yankee loss in the end.
   6. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: September 30, 2012 at 09:35 AM (#4249202)
My friend says Yankee Classics has also shown the Pine Tar Game at least once, which was a Yankee loss in the end.

BITD the most famous Red Sox game of the entire 1950's was the one where Ted Williams spit at the sportswriters after hitting a home run.
   7. Bug Selig Posted: September 30, 2012 at 02:44 PM (#4249336)
YES has become the modern tool that captures iconic moments and weaves them into the long, pinstriped fabric of Yankees history.


Phil Rizzuto must be pissed.

I thought surely the entity with exclusive access to that stuff would show, you know, Dog the Bounty Hunter or something.
   8. Tom Nawrocki Posted: September 30, 2012 at 03:06 PM (#4249345)

YES has become the modern tool that captures iconic moments and weaves them into the long, pinstriped fabric of Yankees history.


Appropriate, since the Yankees are the team for the modern tool.
   9. Zach Posted: September 30, 2012 at 05:31 PM (#4249428)
What's humble about the origins of a network that was created to carry Yankees broadcasts?

"I tell you, son, when we started out here, we had nothing but a dream and a smile -- and multi-billion dollar television rights."

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