Biz Briefs: ESPN games, Legends Hospitality, Roger Waters

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Breaking down the payroll, part three

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For Yanks, first half features three three ESPN Sunday Night Baseball games

ESPN released yesterday its slate of Sunday Night Baseball games for the first half of the 2012 season, and the Yankees, obviously, will be a prime player. Shockingly, two Yankees/Red Sox games will air on the World Wide Leader. Those will be on April 22 and July 8 when the Yanks trek up to Boston. ESPN will also show the Bombers’ first Sunday night meeting with Albert Pujols and the Angels on April 15.

As ESPN reminds everyone, former Red Sox skipper Terry Francona will be replacing Bobby Valentine in the booth this season. It’ll be interesting to see how he handles broadcast duties during that April 22 meeting between the two long-time rivals. I enjoyed Francona’s work during the playoffs when he filled in for an ailing Tim McCarver during the start of the ALCS.

Dave Checketts to head Legends Hospitality Management

Long-time fans of the New York Knicks will remember Dave Checketts as the president of the team who oversaw their spate of deep runs into the playoffs in the early and mid 1990s. Now the chairman of the group that owns the NHL’s St. Louis Blues, Checketts will be joining Legends Hospitality Management, the joint venture amongst Goldman Sachs, the Yankees and Dallas Cowboys that oversees concessions and sports marketing. Checketts, according to The Journal, “envisions building Legends into an international sports-marketing and entertainment business that advises franchises on media strategy, financing and building stadiums, then helps sell tickets and suites and handles concessions.”

As long as he doesn’t pull the sports marketing equivalent of trading Patrick Ewing for Glenn Rice on Legends Hospitality, the company will be in fine hands.

Roger Waters to play “The Wall” at Yankee Stadium

Finally, I’ve saved the best for last: The Yankees announced yesterday that Pink Floyd songwriter Roger Waters will bring “The Wall” to Yankee Stadium this summer. On Friday, July 6, Waters will perform at Yankee Stadium. Tickets go on sale on Monday, January 30 at 10 a.m.

The Waters performance though is almost an after-thought compared with the teaser in the press release. “In the near future,” the club said, “the Yankees will make additional announcements regarding other major acts that will be performing at Yankee Stadium in 2012. Information will also soon be available about other sporting events that will take place at Yankee Stadium during the summer months.”

Via RAB’s Twitter account, we speculated that the additional announcement could concern Bruce Springsteen. The Boss is on the road this year, and while he’s in Europe for much of May, June and July, the Yanks are out of town from September 3-13. It would be the perfect time for a concert, and it’s hard to find an act as major as Bruce on the road this year. We’ll keep an eye on this one.

Open Thread: Michael Pineda
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  • Sayid J.

    Bruce, the big 4, Jay and Eminem, and Paul McCartney is quite the first 4 concerts. I wouldn’t mind if the Yankees to continued to roll out big names every year. Very exciting.

  • Rich in NJ

    Checketts does a good job almost everywhere he has worked (although he is responsible for bringing Scott Layden to the Knicks, and he largely destroyed the team), but I wish the Yankees would hire someone to bring decent programming to YES. Apart from the games themselves, it’s largely awful.

  • BigBlueAL

    Forget Bruce, how about Billy Joel?? lol

  • Brian

    It’s gotta be Bruce they are going to announce. He’s coming out with a new album this year and will be announcing his North American leg of his tour shortly.

  • JCK

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see someone like Dave Matthews Band on the roster. They’ve played stadiums before — Busch and Fenway a couple of years ago — and always sell out.

    Personally, I’d can’t think of a better act to see at the Stadium that Pearl Jam.

    • Sayid J.

      DMB also did Citi Field

  • mbonzo

    I’ll take Roger Waters over Springsteen any day.

    • Rich in NJ

      On a hallucinogen, maybe…not that I would know.

  • Brian S.

    Fuck Boston

    • MannyGeee

      valid analysis.

  • Plank

    Any guesses on what the finances are on a band playing at Yankee Stadium are? The Yankees keep all the profits (not the city). Do they just get a flat fee from whomever rents the venue?

    • Joe Pawlikowski

      For smaller venues, the band gets a flat fee and a percentage of the gate. Not sure if that’s how it works for bigger venues, though.

  • johnnybk

    I would love to see a major boxing match at the stadium.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    I saw Roger Waters’ The Wall twice on the last leg of the tour. Indescribable…

    • V

      I went to the second MSG show in 2010. That was awesome.

      • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

        I want to agree with you, but I already said it was indescribable and I can’t go back on my word.

  • GardnergoesYardner

    I think it’s great how they’ve used the new stadium for lots of non baseball events, such as the various concerts, the Pinstripe Bowl, and the Cotto vs. Foreman match. Having the Boss play there would be a huge draw.

  • MannyGeee

    gonna have to do an over under on how many times Tito is asked for his ‘inside’ on the Rivalry…

    I think I will set it at 75 mentions.

  • Bon Scott

    ” It would be the perfect time for a concert, and it’s hard to find an act as major as Bruce on the road this year. We’ll keep an eye on this one.”

    Um, Black Sabbath? Van Halen? The Stones? All on tour this year.

    • Joe Pawlikowski

      What about Guns N Roses?

      • TQStormrider6

        Only if Slash comes back… otherwise, no way. And Sabbath probably won’t be touring soon since Tony has lymphoma.

        Did any one go to the Big 4 show? How was Yankee Stadium as a venue? I’m seriously considering going for The Wall show, but it might be easier for me to catch it in D.C.

        • Chris

          I went to McCartney. It was amazing. The Stadium dresses up nice. Only complaint is they left the screen up behind home plate. If you had those suites behind home plate you were watching him through a net.

  • Chris

    Dave Matthews has been playing baseball stadiums for the last few years now. He played Citi Field, Fenway, PNC, Wrigley and Citizens Bank I think. I would not be shocked if they play Yankee Stadium next summer. They just took a year off and every show is packed to the roof.

  • bobmac

    Of course it’s Springsteen,it’s a presidential year.

  • Pat D

    David Gilmour > Roger Waters.

    Too much of The Wall is ruined by Waters’ voice and the quite overly pretentious lyrics.

    • JohnnyC

      Gilmour’s playing in his age 65 season. Waters in his age 68 season. OMG, time passes too quickly.

      • Pat D

        Ringo and Paul have new albums coming out this year. They’ll turn 72 and 70, respectively, in the summer.

  • jsbrendog

    the wall >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> springsteen imo

    i know im prob in the minority but i couldnt give 2 turds about bruce but i will be sitting in front of my pc waiting for wall tickets

    • Pat D

      I definitely prefer Pink Floyd to Springsteen, but The Wall isn’t my favorite Floyd album.

  • Michael M

    Manny vs Pacquio? That would be HUGE