Today, Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reported Michael Kay and the YES Network are closing in on a contract extension between the two parties. The new deal is good for three years with a network option for an additional two.
According to Marchand, Kay’s shiny new contract will pay him north of a million dollars per season, making him one of the highest-paid local broadcaster in the league.
In addition to calling roughly 125 games per season, Kay will continue to host “The Michael Kay Show” weekdays from 3:00-7:00pm.
Kay, 57, recruited a pair of top agents in Casey Close and Jim Murray to represent and assist in the negotiating process with YES. Close is no stranger to the Yankees, having represented Derek Jeter for the duration of his career.
It will be interesting to see how the YES Network’s broadcast booth unfolds next season, as beloved analyst Ken Singleton expects to retire at season’s end.
As Michael Kay opts to do less road games over time, expect the versatile Ryan Ruocco to have an increased presence in the booth for future seasons.
“I don’t see any end in sight…I want to keep doing this as long as I want to and as long as they want me to.” In an interview with the NY Post, Kay clearly stated he wants to be the TV voice of the Yankees for as long as he can.
Bottom line: Expect to hear plenty of “SEE YA” in the near future because Kay is not going anywhere.