The Yankees are returning to WPIX Ch. 11 as their over-the-air TV outlet starting this year, a source confirmed.
The news was first reported by Sports Business Daily.
The Mets, whose games are already on PIX, will not be affected in the short term. A source said there is a pretty good chance that PIX will try to keep the Mets long term as well.
The majority of Yankees games will still be on YES. According to SBD, WPIX would broadcast 21 games for $11-$13 million per year, which averages out to about $500,000-$600,000 per game.
A YES spokesman declined comment.
Besides turning to Ch. 11 instead of Ch. 9, there won't be much difference for fans because the games will be produced by YES and feature the same announcers of Michael Kay & Co.
The Mets declined to comment. Their contract with WPIX runs through 2017.