When the Yankees announced their partnership in May with British football giant Manchester City to bring an MLS club to New York City, we made the bold prediction that Hal would eventually sell the team to billionaire Sheik Mansour, owner of the immense-spending 2011-2012 Premiere League winners.

Well, it looks like that partnership is deepening and our bold prediction may not be too far off.

YES Network:

The YES Network, the most-watched regional sports network in the country the past 10 years, has reached a multi-year agreement with Manchester City Football Club by which YES will televise soccer games involving Manchester City…in HD on tape delay.

Manchester City’s games and magazine shows will not only air on YES within the network’s home team footprint (throughout New York State and Connecticut, northern and central New Jersey and northeast Pennsylvania), but also on YES National, the network’s national feed which is available throughout the country on satellite, telephone companies’ video services, and cable.

American ownership groups are already prevalent in European football, with examples such as John Henry’s Fenway Sports Group owning Liverpool FC. Why wouldn’t we see this trend move in the other direction with foreign entities owning American sports teams?

With the Yankees now playing the public relations game by introducing YES Network viewers to the baby blue kits of Manchester City, it’s only a matter of time before Hal takes advantage of the Sheik’s very deep pockets.