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Exactly sit at the sports world was rocked by the news that A-Rod has been banned for this season and the next season because of his use of performance enhancing drugs that -- -- up today but everybody was expecting it.
What they might not have been expecting is the backlash against him this is the cover of the New York house.
Picture of a -- with the stark words just go I -- -- -- amid the post is always very opinionated but what does this really means for the Yankees.
What disinterested in what it means for Iraq we know we had a massive contract but what about all the tentacles that stretch out like -- the yes network which carries the Yankees games all the merchandising.
Peter Schrager is senior writer at foxsports.com.
Get -- check out his column he's brilliant but let's get right to it Peter.
The initial reaction.
But the Yankees are extraordinarily.
Focused on making it but they stand very close with MLB -- this they are going by the letter of the law.
And yet everybody knows how much money they could stand to save.
Simply by having -- as a posts that go away.
Well that's most interesting part here it's 34 million dollar to -- suddenly be off the hook if he is suspended.
And -- is appealing his suspension twelve other players got suspended today.
And Major League Baseball -- player union work together to come to agreement on different suspensions.
Iran is not going down lightly though he's gonna fight this and the union actually came out shortly after these suspensions were announced.
And so they're gonna support Alex Rodriguez in his fight against baseball.
Let's be very interesting and -- what's most interesting event tonight.
Outer -- is making his first appearance and the Yankees helping rating -- he's gonna play.
Because -- baseball works there's -- 72 hour.
Window or they can appeal and he's gonna appeal so he'll be in the lineup today against the White Sox in Chicago and that's me for a very interesting situation.
What what it was -- -- -- to a couple of days ago we hit a home run and everybody looked at said while he he is extraordinarily valuable of course she's accused of he's an expert player he is a major leader when it comes to home runs all time fifth then homers so you look at that -- say OK he is valuable but.
How valuable to the Yankees you just talk about the 34 million they could be off the hook for.
But some a lot of these genes are saying great now that because have been suspended -- slip under the luxury tax level.
And be able to at least hire more players that they feel might perform better because -- -- already injured right.
-- he was struggling and by the time the suspension is done if he is suspended.
39 and a half years old his best days are going to be behind in the Yankees would likely would rather not have to pay that -- Now they can't say that publicly and that's why he'll be in the lineup this weekend and this week.
They don't want to have to face those questioned say.
They led baseball towards this they were trying to get up they're saying we had nothing to do with this is all on baseball we're gonna support them with whatever researching their investigation they -- to do.
But we didn't give them any tips or any clues.
Will be interesting now it is like you said the ratings the yes -- the Jersey sales.
That -- -- he's not a popular player in New York City didn't solve the New York Post cover.
The fans in New York it's going to be fast and they play the Red Sox this weekend I think fan bases from both sides -- -- end of -- Alex Rodriguez when he takes the field.
But for both sides oh boy out great we're with the Yankees were with the Red Sox -- that what I believe what you never see that okay Pete you just mentioned -- yes network.
Yes their ratings have been down since the start of the season.
You tell me to the guy Rick fox sports field that that's more -- or Derek Jeter -- also been out and a hugely popular player.
We don't count out Derek -- here yeah.
-- -- Jeter came back reseller ratings -- a home run in his first at bat.
I think it's more about the product of play on the field the Yankees are not the same -- that they used to be where you knew was a given.
They're gonna go to the playoffs come October right now -- in fourth place they're struggling and both Jeter Rodriguez throughout the entire first half of the season.
Now you have your -- infield back granted they're not the youngest guys on the team there's not much future beyond that.
But there is star power and all science is the irony of at all -- in the lineup but the crowd really there's going to be a -- -- and watch they're gonna get some record ratings tonight.
Well let's let's not pilot on the Iraq too much because India when when Yankee Stadium was redone brand new Yankee Stadium they sold talk.
Dollar luxury suites the Yankees organization.
They were able to do that because.
Up they -- I mean it's a very exciting player certainly top dollar for tickets the Yankees are considered the most valuable franchise of any sports team.
When it comes to MLB's so so what hit could the Yankees take.
Down the road by A-Rod not being there.
It I think they they won't take -- hit at this point his his reputation tarnished he's no longer the fan favorite.
But they certainly cashed in on him and when they won the World Series in 2009 Alex Rodriguez with a star player and they sold planning -- jerseys.
They made their money -- Alex Rodriguez he -- want to get the rest of it we'll see how it plays out.
Peter it's great to have you Peter Schrager over at fox sports when.
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