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NFL ON THE AIR: LIONS DENY RADIO DEAL; COWBOYS' HANSEN OUT?
Published December 20, 1995
The Lions have denied reports they will move radio rights from WWJ-AM to WXYT-AM despite a report by Bill Rose of the DETROIT FREE PRESS that the team has struck a three-year, $10.2M deal with Infinity Broadcasting, parent company of WXYT. The games would reportedly be simulcast on WKYT's sister station, WOMC-FM. But Lions VP/Administration Bill Keenist said reports of any deal are "premature." Infinity owns radio rights to the Falcons, Cowboys, Patriots, Eagles, Bucs, Redskins and Jets, and is "on the fast track to become the radio voice of the NFL." The Lions' current $1.55M per year radio deal expires at the end of this season. It is believed the team is looking to "at least double" that amount in the new deal (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 12/19). COWBOY NATION: Cowboys radio analyst Dale Hansen told the FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM he believes he will be fired at the end of the year. Hansen has had "a rocky relationship" with Owner Jerry Jones and Coach Barry Switzer since the start of last season, and sources say Hansen has "angered" Jones with his outspokenness. He recently "ripped" Switzer's 4th-down decision against the Eagles and said Sunday the Giants "were robbed" when a late touchdown was called back. Hansen is working under a one- year deal after 12 years as an analyst. Jones said yesterday any impending change is "news to me" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 12/20).