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CHARGERS ARE NOT GOING TO GET XTRA FOR RADIO RIGHTS
Published October 29, 1997
The Chargers and XTRA-AM radio have ended their relationship after 11 seasons, according to Fritz Quindt of the SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, who wrote that XTRA "merely pulled its final contract renewal offer off the table." XTRA GM Kevin McCarthy: "We just agreed to disagree on the value of rights fees. ... and we had an amicable parting of the ways." Quindt's sources put XTRA's "final" offer at "about" $3M per year plus "performance incentives," which would have been "an increase over the present rights fee." McCarthy: "We've lost substantial money the last two years on football. We were willing to lose money on the next contract, too, just not as much." McCarthy, on losing the Chargers: "I'm not inconsolable; if we had the Padres and lost them, I'd be inconsolable. NFL teams are the worst bang for the buck. You're buying only 56 hours a year" (Fritz Quindt, SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 10/28).