10 Years of YES premieres Tuesday, March 13

Anniversary Program Captures Special Moments of YES Network's First 10 Years
02/14/2012 1:23 PM ET
By staff

NEW YORK, February 14, 2012 - The YES Network, the most-watched regional sports network in the country the past nine years, will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a two-hour special entitled 10 Years of YES on Tuesday, March 13 that will highlight its most memorable on-air moments and events since the network launched on March 19, 2002. The special will premiere at 10 p.m. ET on March 13, immediately following YES' Red Sox-Yankees Spring Training telecast that evening.

10 Years of YES will offer a thorough review of the most indelible moments in the history of the groundbreaking television network. YES' announcers will regal viewers with their fondest memories of moments and occasions ranging from the exhilarating to the humorous; from the entertaining to the poignant and inspiring.

The show will draw heavily from not only YES' Yankees coverage, but also its Nets coverage, its signature interview show CenterStage, Yankeeography - which has won 17 New York Emmy Awards since 2003, and the network's full lineup of studio and magazine shows. 10 Years of YES will also recall the famous and not-so-famous names, faces and stories which have graced the network over the past decade. Among the segments featured in the March 13 special:

Yankees - a look at the Bronx Bombers' 2009 World Series championship season, the various individual milestones achieved over the past decade (Jeter's 3,000th career hit, Mariano Rivera's milestone saves among them), the team's final season in the old Yankee Stadium, and the inaugural season in the new Stadium; also included will be exclusive interviews with fans who attended the Red Sox-Yankees game on July 1, 2004 when Derek Jeter dove into the stands.

Nets - a look back at the team's back-to-back appearances in the NBA Finals, the Jason Kidd-Vince Carter-Richard Jefferson era, and a special piece on the Sixers-Nets game of February 23, 2009 in which only after referees viewed YES' replays did they change their decision by deciding that Devon Harris' half-court shot did in fact beat the buzzer, thus giving the Nets a 98-96 victory. This marked the first time that instant replay was used to overturn a call at the buzzer to decide the outcome of an NBA game.

• A roundtable discussion with YES veteran voices Michael Kay, Ken Singleton, John Flaherty, Ian Eagle and Bob Lorenz during which they reminisce about their most memorable moments on-air.

• Interviews with Mike Francesa and Chris "Mad Dog" Russo discussing their pioneering WFAN simulcast on YES - the first live simulcast of a sports radio talk show - and Francesa's talking about his more recently being a solo host.

We Knew Them When - YES provided a stage for young athletes and others who would later hit the big time: YES televised high school basketball games featuring LeBron James, Dwight Howard and Sebastian Telfair; featured current Buffalo Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick during a Harvard football telecast; Hilary Duff appeared on Yankees on Deck in 2003; current Glee star Jenna Ushkowitz hosted Yankees on Deck in 2006; and Robinson Cano and Brett Gardner showed glimpses of what was to come when YES televised their Minor League games (Trenton Thunder and Staten Island Yankees, respectively).

CenterStage - the premier full-length interview show, hosted by Michael Kay, has welcomed some of the biggest names of sports, entertainment and media. Mike Tyson spoke frankly about the demons which helped derail his championship boxing career; Bernie Williams and his band played a set for CenterStage's studio audience; and Paul Simon had fans at the edge of their seats as he recounted tales from his Hall of Fame singing and songwriting career. A cross-section of bold-faced names including Derek Jeter, Larry David, Jay Z, Shaquille O'Neal and Adam Sandler have sat down next to Kay for revealing interviews.

YES Is Global! - if there is a story to be told, YES has hit the road (or the friendly skies) to tell it. Network personnel have travelled to Indonesia, Japan, Taiwan, Iraq, Dominican Republic and London to bring viewers great original programming. YES produced and televised live games in Japan (Yankees) and London (Nets). YES even conducted a sit-down interview with then-First Lady Laura Bush in the White House. comments