The Yankees radio broadcasting network, which is owned by CBS Corp., aired a broadcast on Tuesday evening that called for the end of the “blackout” in their rivalry with the White Sox.
The Yankees have won the last two World Series by double digits, but the rivalry between the two teams has been marred by a series of racially charged incidents.
The most recent came in the final two weeks of the 2015 season when a black man was fatally shot in the Bronx by a White Sox player.
The players, including Yankees first baseman Derek Jeter, have come under fire for their responses.
The two teams have also been embroiled in the ongoing debate over whether players should be permitted to wear blackface at the World Series.
In the broadcast, the broadcast announcer said the Yankees should be allowed to wear the mask of the World War II hero Huey Long in front of fans to honor his memory.
“We are going to wear this mask, this mask to honor Huey’s memory.
And I’m saying, we are going back to the black-mask era,” said John J. Byrne, the network’s president and CEO.
Now we have all of them, and that’s not acceptable.” “
You can go back to a time where there was no race, no color.
Now we have all of them, and that’s not acceptable.”
Byrne said he would be open to wearing the mask again in the future.