With News Corp.'s local New York stations presenting coverage of the ceremonies commemorating the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, YES Network will carry the special-themed edition of Fox NFL Sunday.
The regional sports network home of the New York Yankees will televise Fox NFL Sunday's 9/11 edition in the New York tri-state at noon on Sept. 11 until 1:03 p.m., when it will air its own 9/11 Remembered special. Both WNYW Fox 5 and WWOR My 9 are covering the activities at the World Trade Center and National September 11th Memorial and Museum on Sunday.
The one-hour Fox NFL Sunday show features an open narrated by former president George W. Bush and includes members of the FDNY, NYPD and Port Authority of NY and NJ Police Department. The program also features the story of four families personally affected by the attacks at the World Trade Center in 2001 and how the NFL helped them in their grieving. At 12:57 p.m. (ET), 9/11 coverage continues with an NFL-coordinated pregame ceremony from Shanksville, Penn. that includes a special video introduction narrated by Academy Award-winner Robert De Niro, followed by a performance of "Taps," a moment of silence and the National Anthem. Coaches, players and local first responders hold field-length American flags during these performances wherever NFL games are about to begin.
At 1:03 p.m, YES will air its one-hour 9/11 Remembered program, which focuses on how New York sports and the Yankees played a role in bringing the Big Apple community together in face of the tragedy.
The special includes new interviews with with Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Bernie Williams, Al Leiter, New York Yankees President Randy Levine, and WFAN SportsRadio host Mike Francesa. There are also conversations with with members of the FDNY who responded to the World Trade Center tragedies, including Salvatore Cassano, the current Fire Commissioner for the City of New York.
A segment will focus on Brielle Saracini, whose father Victor Saracini was a pilot of the hijacked United Airlines plane that hit the World Trade Center's south tower. Shortly after 9/11, Brielle wrote a letter to Jeter, about her dad. Upon receiving Brielle's letter, the shortstop and the Yankees organization embraced Brielle and her family in an effort to help ease their pain. The Saracinis met Jeter again recently in advance of the 10th anniversary of the tragedy. This segment is narrated and reported by YES's Yankees reporter Jack Curry.
The show also includes reflections on how the Yankees' run through the Major League Baseball post-season that fall, and its World Series play, helped bring New Yorkers together and revisits the Sept. 21, 2001 game between the Atlanta Braves and Mets at Shea Stadium, the MLB game played in New York after the terrorist attacks
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